Saturday, August 29, 2009
THE NUKE SETS OFF GIGANTIC WAVES WHICH GOES WORLDWIDE KILLING MILLIONS
A NUKE GOES OFF THEN THE TSUNAMI FROM THE NUKE KILLS MILLIONS
Temple Mount in Jerusalem (Courtesy Todd Bolen BiblePlaces.com)ISRAEL AND JERUSALEM TOGETHER FOREVER,NEVER ENDING WITH KING JESUS RULING AS THE KING OF THE WHOLE EARTH.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
Hurricane Jimena forms in Mexican Pacific AccuWeather AUG 29,09
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Hurricane Jimena formed in the eastern Pacific near the Mexican resort of Acapulco on Saturday, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm could become a major hurricane by Sunday.Jimena was located about 285 miles southwest of Acapulco, packing winds of around 80 mph (130 kmh), and was moving west-northwest, roughly in parallel with the coastline.It was the first hurricane of the 2009 season to threaten Mexico, which has beach resorts dotted along much of its Pacific coast. Acapulco is popular with both Mexican and foreign tourists.As of Saturday morning, hurricane force winds extended outward up to 25 miles from the storm's center and the NHC said further strengthening was likely.Mexico has no oil installations in the Pacific and for the time being the oil exporting port of Salina Cruz and other ports in the area remained open.(Reporting by Catherine Bremer, editing by Vicki Allen)
Dangerous surf still a concern as Danny weakens By KEVIN MAURER, Associated Press Writer – Sat Aug 29, 9:12 am ET
CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. – Danny weakened to a tropical depression early Saturday but was still expected to produce a second straight weekend of dangerous surf along the East Coast.Large waves and treacherous rip currents were forecast from the Carolinas to New England, though National Hurricane Center forecasters said Danny had been mostly absorbed by a low pressure system associated with a cold front over North Carolina.We were expecting that that was going to happen sooner or later. It happened a little bit sooner, said senior hurricane specialist Lixion Avila. Basically Danny has been swallowed by the big low.Tropical storm watches for the North Carolina coast were discontinued, but people up and down the Eastern Seaboard were urged to be cautious near the water.The dangers of storm-agitated seas were demonstrated when a young boy disappeared Friday in rough surf off North Carolina. His mother reported seeing him go underwater off the town of Corolla, not far from the Virginia line. His body board washed ashore without him.The Coast Guard and local authorities spent hours looking for the 12-year-old boy but called off the search Friday evening.Coast Guard spokesman Lt. j.g. Scott Hembrook said the waves in the area were about 4 to 6 feet tall.What the storm is doing is creating a particularly strong undertow" that can pull swimmers to the bottom, he said. Undertow is created as water that has crashed onshore rushes back out to sea.
Farther north, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation was closing beaches in five communities until further notice. The agency also canceled all public ferry service in and around Boston on Saturday, citing potential high seas, strong currents and heavy rain. State authorities urged boaters to have their vessels securely moored by Friday night.Early Saturday, the remnants of Danny were located about 80 miles (130 km) southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. Maximum sustained winds were near 35 mph (55 kph).On the Outer Banks island of Ocracoke, Anchorage Marina dock master Robert Raborn said Friday that the warnings of rough seas prompted the usual stream of weekend boaters crossing the Pamlico Sound to cancel reservations for overnight docking space.
Pretty much everybody's canceled,said Raborn, 40.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Jimena rapidly strengthened in the Pacific Ocean south of Mexico. Jimena, the 10th named storm of the Pacific season, had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph) and could become a major hurricane during the next couple of days, forecasters said.Jimena was projected to track north-northwest off the Mexican and southern Baja Peninsula coasts over the next few days.Associated Press writer Emery P. Dalesio in Raleigh contributed to this story.
Tropical Storm Danny weakens off U.S. East Coast AccuWeather AUG 28,09
MIAMI (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Danny weakened in the Atlantic on Friday but could produce dangerous surf conditions and life-threatening rip currents along the U.S. East Coast in the next day or two, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.Now barely a tropical storm, Danny's maximum sustained winds fell to 40 miles per hour, with the strongest winds confined to the southeast of the storm's eye, the hurricane center said.Danny is the fourth tropical storm of the 2009 Atlantic season. Tropical storms have maximum sustained winds ranging from 39 to 73 mph.Forecasters said most tracking models kept the heart of the storm away from the U.S. East Coast. But there were storm alerts for the North Carolina coast, and residents from the Carolinas to New England and the Canadian Maritime provinces were urged to monitor Danny.The storm could bring blustery weather by the weekend to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, where U.S. President Barack Obama is vacationing this week and to Boston, where Senator Edward Kennedy's funeral is scheduled for Saturday.
Danny was 330 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT), the hurricane center said. It was moving north at 6 mph and was expected to turn toward the northeast on Sunday.On that course, Danny would pass near the Outer Banks of North Carolina overnight, approach the New England coast late Saturday and move over Nova Scotia and Newfoundland on Sunday.Tropical storms and hurricanes are tracked closely by energy traders concerned about disruptions to oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico and Canada's Atlantic region, and by commodities traders for damage to citrus, cotton and other crops.Pricing of insurance-linked securities, which transfer insurance risks associated with natural disasters to capital markets investors, and can be used to hedge other weather risk exposures, can also be affected by the future path of a storm.Forecasters were also monitoring a mass of thunderstorms in the Atlantic about 850 miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, and gave it a 30 percent to 50 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next two days. It was forecast to move west-northwest but it was far too early to tell whether it would threaten land or energy operations.(Reporting by Jane Sutton; editing by Jim Loney and Mohammad Zargham)
FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
Powerlines mainly OK during California wildfires
Fri Aug 28, 2009 3:03pm EDT
LOS ANGELES, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Wildfires near Los Angeles are close enough for Southern California Edison workers to keep a watchful eye on high-voltage powerlines, but through Friday morning only about 1,000 customers were without power, a spokesman for the utility said.Several wildfires in Southern California by Friday morning were not affecting the major powerlines that make up the regional power grid, said Stephanie McCorkle of the California Independent System Operator, which manages the grid.Southern California Edison spokesman Steve Conroy said workers were closely watching progress of several fires, and that one was about a mile from a transmission corridor for 220-kilovolt lines. On Friday morning, the fires were not advancing toward the lines, Conroy said.Both the utility and the Cal ISO will continue to watch the advance of fires toward the major powerlines through the weekend, as a heat wave with triple-digit temperatures Fahrenheit is not to break until Sunday, forecasters say.Southern California Edison is one of the largest utilities in the United States. It delivers power to about 4.9 million residential and business customers. SCE is a subsidiary of Edison International (EIX.N), and based in Rosemead in suburban Los Angeles.The 1,000 SCE customer outages were caused by issues dealing with local distribution lines and local stations, and not equipment or lines on the high-voltage Cal ISO system.All of this is happening on Friday, during the highest demand for electricity in 2009 in California.
McCorkle said the Cal ISO system, which transmits about 80 percent of the electricity used in California, expects demand of about 45,450 megawatts, which would top the high so far this summer of 43,637 MW on July 20.A megawatt in Southern California can serve about 650 average households on average. That number of households served drops during high heat of summer as each customer boosts usage.In Los Angeles, highs should reach about 102 degrees Fahrenheit (39 Celsius) on Friday, and higher than 110 F (43 C) in some parts of the San Bernardino Valley near Los Angeles.There is enough reserve margin that unless powerlines are rendered inoperable unexpectedly by the fires, the system should hold, McCorkle and Conroy said.Friday is the third day of a heat wave in California, causing more demand to power air conditioners helping residents and businesses battle the heat.The record peak demand on the Cal ISO system of 50,270 MW was reached in July 2006, during a heat wave that led to more than 2 million customers losing electricity in the state. (Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Christian Wiessner)
Calif. firefighters wage fierce wildfire battles By CHRISTINA HOAG, Associated Press Writer – AUG 28,09
LOS ANGELES – Firefighters beat back flames licking at ocean-view estates Friday, while another wildfire raged through a dry forest above Los Angeles' foothill suburbs. Residents nervously watched aircraft drop loads of water and retardant on nearby blazing slopes.The dramatic success of an overnight air and ground battle against a swift-moving blaze on the Palos Verdes Peninsula was tempered by the threat from an out-of-control fire on the opposite side of Los Angeles in the steep San Gabriel Mountains above the city of La Canada Flintridge.The 2.3-square-mile fire in Angeles National Forest was among the most dangerous in a siege of wildfires charring thousands of acres of brush from Southern California north to the central coast region and east to the Sierra Nevada. Triple-digit heat and very low humidity made many areas ripe for burning.We're boxed up and ready to go, said La Canada Flintridge resident Steve Buntich, watching helicopters line up to siphon water from a golf course reservoir. He said his wife and children had evacuated to a friend's house for several hours, but had since returned home.Ash fell from the sky and huge billows of smoke rose from the mountains as Elias Yidonoy, 62, and his wife prepared to leave their La Canada Flintridge home. Their minivan was loaded with suitcases filled with clothing, documents and photographs.It's wait and see, said Yidonoy, who with his wife had also left their home for several hours overnight and then returned.
The foothill residents were among more than a thousand Californians chased from their homes by the threat of wildfires.The Palos Verdes Peninsula fire roared to life on the south Los Angeles County coast Thursday night and spread rapidly up canyons in the city of Rancho Palos Verdes. As many as 1,500 people fled as hundreds of firefighters rushed to protect homes in the fire's path in adjacent Rolling Hills Estates.The fire was stopped right at the backyards of those homes, county fire Chief Deputy John Tripp told a morning news conference.Calm, windless conditions allowed water-dropping helicopters with spotlights to work much of the night. Six homes received minor exterior damage, and the only structures destroyed were an outbuilding and gazebo. No injuries were reported.After daybreak, no flames were showing and all evacuations were lifted, but Tripp warned that fire could still surge out of the uncontained area.
We are not out of the woods yet,he said.
Firefighters continued to work the ashen landscape, and a helicopter dropped loads of water sucked from the Pacific Ocean.The fire above La Canada Flintridge was moving eastward and residents of adjacent Altadena were likely to see flames, said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Stanton Florea. A major goal was to keep the fire from spreading up Mount Wilson, where many of the region's broadcast and communications antennas and the historic Mount Wilson Observatory are located, Florea said.We've had some success but unfortunately not enough to say we have any containment,Florea said.
Elsewhere in the Angeles National Forest, more than 1,600 firefighters working in 102-degree heat had achieved 60 percent containment of a 3.1-square-mile blaze in a canyon above the city of Azusa. No structures were threatened or damaged.We're getting a handle on it. It's just taking a little longer than expected,said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Rachel Mailo.To the north in the state's coastal midsection, a nearly 8-square-mile fire threatening Pinnacles National Monument kept 100 homes under evacuation orders near the Monterey County town of Soledad. The blaze, only 15 percent contained, was started by agricultural fireworks used to scare animals away from crops.In the southern part of Monterey County, firefighters had 80 percent containment of a 6 1/4-square-mile fire that had threatened 20 ranch homes.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency Friday in Los Angeles and Monterey counties.It's fire season, clearly,he said.There's tremendous amount of heat all over the state.A nearly 3 1/2-square-mile fire in Yosemite National Park was 10 percent contained, said staff member Erik Skinrud.Residents of the nearby community of El Portal watched as water-dropping helicopters refilled from the Merced River.
Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb said officials closed a campground and a portion of Highway 120, anticipating that the fire would spread north toward Tioga Road, the highest elevation route through the Sierra. The number of firefighters was expected to double over the weekend to 1,000.Southeast of Los Angeles in Riverside County, a 1 1/2-square-mile fire in the San Bernardino National Forest was 5 percent contained. Temperatures reached 106 degrees in the region.In San Diego County, three fires totaling 1,000 acres burned on the Camp Pendleton Marine base but posed no threat to buildings, Cpl. Gabriela Gonzalez said.Associated Press Writers Sudhin Thanawala in San Francisco, Garance Burke and Tracie Cone in Fresno and Solvej Schou in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
PARADIGM LOST by John Loeffler, Colorado Christian News AUG 29,09
It has become fashionable for people on the left to chirp extremist at any viewpoint on the right opposing their belief. Consider however that the great and good of today's moderation movement are the radical leftists of thirty years ago.Extreme right today actually describes much of the mainstream culture three decades back when radical left flower children commenced their rabble-rousing change of society and started a love movement by calling the police pigs. This was the same crowd that spat on U.S. soldiers to oppose an immoral war. Since then academics -- to the cheering of the media -- have pounded the culture with a constant socialist, left-leaning drumbeat. Generations educated by this drumbeat began moving leftward and assumed their view to be the cultural mainstream. Now, they have discovered a whole crowd of people who didn't move left with them -- the new radical right.Moderation has become the left's mantra of choice. What this really means is that the right should take a neutral position, allowing the great and good of the left to pursue their agendas unimpeded. Really now. Was the civil rights movement of the early 1960s a moderate movement?. Absolutely not. It was driven by people standing for a political change they believed was essential. What about the various anti-war and university protests that dotted the 1960s and 1970s? Were they moderate? Hardly.Moderation -- taking no strong position on anything -- is a combination of I'm O.K., you're O.K. psychology combined a no-such-thing-as-absolute-truth philosophy. Even Christians -- who should know better -- have gotten sucked up into this bizarre mode of thought and actually think it's biblical.Notice there are never condemnations of those who are extreme about their moderation,which is really a form of militant mediocrity. Since there is no such thing as absolute truth, the reasoning goes, no one should believe anything too much. Therefore all ideas have equal weight, all cultures are equally good and no one should criticize anyone else since all our ideas are wonderful -- insert warm fuzzy group hug here -- and peace on earth is just around the corner.
The real consequences of such pablum are staggering. The entire culture has been placed on an ocean of floating, contradictory values which are determined by pop fads of the moment rather than solid moral concepts of right and wrong. It is becoming pernicious in the judicial system where legal precedent is thrown to the dogs in favor of political activism.Here's moderation in action: Feminists argue strongly in favor of a woman's right to choose? Are they in favor of a woman's right to abort a female foetus because it's a girl? Why that would violate the foetus's right to be a female. A foetus then has a right to be female but doesn't have a right to life. The very same people telling you the public has no right to tell a woman what to do with her body start telling women what to do with their bodies. Ah but that's the fun of making up truth up as you go.The contradictions of relative truths flooding the culture, especially the judicial system, are dangerous to future stability. There are no rules except that we have no rules except toleration of all rules except those rules that say we mustn't tolerate something, and we can't tolerate that; that would be intolerant. Did you follow that? Good. I didn't either but that is the nonsense being foisted on us today by the great and good.For a Christian, the argument should NEVER be over whether or not there is an absolute truth -- the Bible tells us there is. The argument is over whether or not our ideas, views, theology and philosophies come close to that truth. This provides us with fixed moral references in an ocean of constantly changing public values.The next time someone says to you that's just your truth" or "there is no such thing as absolute truth,ask them to hand over YOUR money which is in THEIR wallet. You'll see quickly what they really believe about absolute truth. I guarantee it -- absolutely!
GEERT WILDERS WARNS AMERICA WHATS COMING
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AMERICA (POLITICAL BABYLON)
21 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.
1 Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:
2 That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!
11 Because ye were glad, because ye rejoiced, O ye destroyers of mine heritage, because ye are grown fat as the heifer at grass, and bellow as bulls;(BACKSLIDERS)
37 A sword is upon their horses, and upon their chariots, and upon all the mingled people that are in the midst of her; and they shall become as women: a sword is upon her treasures; and they shall be robbed.(A NATION OF MINGLED PEOPLE)
12 Your mother shall be sore confounded; she that bare you shall be ashamed:(MOTHER ENGLAND) behold, the hindermost of the nations shall be a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert.
13 O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness.
7 Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD's hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.
53 Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet from me shall spoilers come unto her, saith the LORD.
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
3 For out of the north there cometh up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate, and none shall dwell therein: they shall remove, they shall depart, both man and beast.
24 I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon, and thou wast not aware: thou art found, and also caught, because thou hast striven against the LORD. (RUSSIA A SNEAK ATTACK ON AMERICA)
9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,(NUKE ATTACK I BELIEVE)
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
16 And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.
21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
LAURIE,DOUG ON ISLAM AUG 28,09 (HOUR 1)
I ASKED DOUG A QUESTION ABOUT THE ARCTIC SEA AND NUKES IN (HOUR 2),DOUG TELLS LAURIE THE STORY AFTER I GET OFF THE PHONE.(AUG 28 HOUR 2)AND ITS FANTASTIC IMFORMATION ON A TSUNAMI FROM THE NUKE GOING OFF(ALL MUST LISTEN TO THIS)
2004 TSUNAMI VIDEO TO SEE WHAT WOULD HAPPEN
DOUG SAID IF RUSSIA OR WHOEVER GOT THE NUKES FROM THE ARCTIC SEA-WOULD SET THEM OFF ALONG CAPE VERDE ISLANDS THIS WOULD CAUSE A GIGANTIC TSUNAMI AND COULD KILL LOTS OF PEOPLE ALONG THE COASTS INCLUDING NEW YORK,WASHINGTON AND THE WORLD INFACT.THIS COULD BE ONE OF THE WAYS OBAMA COULD DECLARE MARTIAL LAW.AND IF RUSSIA WOULD SET OFF AN EMP FIRST,THEN THE STOLEN NUKES......AMERICA WOULD BE IN DEEP TROUBLE LIKE THE BIBLE SAYS AMERICA WILL BE DESTROYED BY RUSSIA SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE WITH FIRE (NUKES) I BELIVE IT TO BE.
OBAMA-A COMPARISON WITH JIM JONES BY DAVID CON (AUG 27,2009)
http://therothshow.com/show-archives/august-2009 (AUG 27 HR 1&2 GO TO)
OBAMA SPEECH BACKWARDS,THANK YOU SATAN-IT FITS HIM-SATAN IS OBAMAS FATHER
JOHN LOEFFLER ROLE OF RELIGION AND POLITICS
ON YAHOO ENGINE MY SITE WILL NOT EVEN APPEAR ONLY LINKS TO SITES HOOKING UP TO ME.I KNEW YAHOO,MICROSOFT AND GOOGLE ARE ALL IN CONNECTION TO OBAMA.IT WAS THE AUG 7 SHOW OBAMA WAS EXPOSED FOR BLACKMAILING THE MEDIA AND NEWS PEOPLE.
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Ted Kennedy will now be the next rocket to cram Government health care through AUG 27,09 LAURIE ROTH
It didn’t take but moments after Senator Kennedy died that Pelosi and others started talking about the resurrected health care bill they plan to push.Now, magically, it will be the Kennedy Health Care bill.These jokers can’t wait 30 seconds before the exploitation and manipulation of Kennedy’s passing links to all the Democrat’s exploits, causes and bills. Certainly no one with any manners on the right or decency will go against the memory of this suffering Senator who died of brain cancer and served his country as a Senator for over 46 years will they? We wouldn’t dare complain or say anything critical would we? Quick! Just as soon as congress gets back,cram this health care bill through. We will call it the Kennedy Bill.All I can say is, it is a good thing that most bodies are buried 6 feet under in cemeteries so that the glowing, manipulators in congress have to take longer to dig them up and steal coins out of their pockets! The US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hinted big time on Wednesday what was coming. She reminded everyone that having the Health care bill was the cause of Ted Kennedy’s life. He also said at the democratic convention in August 2008 that Health care reform was the cause of his life.OK,we get it.Anyone can see with his voting record in his 46-year career in the Senate that he was big on health care.I certainly offer my condolences to Senator Kennedy’s family and don’t believe in making fun of anyone’s passing and struggle with cancer.I certainly understand massive injuries and years of therapy, pain and struggle to make a come back in national talk radio myself, but putting that aside,THIS SENATOR’S LIFE WAS NOT A PROFILE IN COURAGE NOR ANY MORAL HIGH GROUND!
Though he did stand for Civil Rights, women’s rights, Americans, Disabilities and Education, he was still the classic, extreme liberal who as most do,confused rights with murder of children including partial birth abortion.He voted to reverse the ban on partial birth abortion saying he didn’t want to interfere with the communication between a woman and her doctor.This is practically what every liberal says including Obama.We don’t want to promote abortion.It should be used rarely but we don’t want to interfere with women’s right to choose.We don’t want Government deciding for your and your body.Naturally the Government doesn’t want to get in the way of you murdering your baby but they certainly don’t mind controlling and getting in the way of everything else in your life!
Let’s see…Nosy census questions that are none of their business, but we are pressured, no threatened…. to fill them all out.The alleged Government health plan will access your private bankingaccounts; force small business employers to provide health insurance or receive massive fines; make end of life counseling mandatory for anyone on social security every 5 years;decide when, how what kind of care you get based on cost and rationing.Government is most happy to try and control our auto industry, energy production, spiking electricity rates and controlling land. They want to tell us what we can do in our own gardens if they get their way.This administration wants to control banking, education,health, major industries, energy and anything else they can scheme up and tax Americans for! Much like Obama has become the Messiah to so many on the left and in the world, any Kennedy is in the Messiah family.I ask you.Would any conservative senator survive any kind of career after what Kennedy did in 1969? Since we are all remembering the other Messiah,Ted Kennedy,let’s remember all his achievements.That day, as a 39 year old married Senator,he was coming back from a drunken orgy with bimbos where folks were getting drunk and committing adultery. He got in his car with Mary Jo Kopechne,drunk as a skunk. He then drove off a bridge and crashed in the water.He quickly swam to shore and disappeared while Mary was left to drown alone in 7 feet of water. He didn’t even report it until 10 hours later.Perhaps we all remember the pathetic spin and big dogs surrounding him with an apology.No explanation was give other than he panicked. Forget,it was manslaughter,he left a drowning woman to die, he was committing adultery that weekend, driving drunk just for starters……but no, he was a Kennedy and the Messiah.Law and decency didn’t matter at all.
In closing,I do appreciate Ted Kennedy’s stand for civil rights and folks with disabilities but his legacy is far from clean with his support of partial birth abortion, his shameful behavior in 1969, his support for special rights for gays and frankly this current health care take over bill that only would shred real health care, freedoms and rights for business owners and seniors.As a matter of fact,the Government health care bill has NO relationship to the fancy health care plan Ted Kennedy was on.Is that the legacy liberals and congress people want? They get the fancy, don’t wait in line treatment,and we get the rationed crumbs that they decide on? I hope Ted did make it right with God. Because he was there alone, with no press, with no spin but with ALL truth and motives coming out….Ted and God.
JESUS PERSECUTED BIGTIME
1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
34 But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.
41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
20 And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?
PHILIPPIANS 2:10-11(JESUS GETS REVENGE)
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.(JUDGEMENT SEAT OF CHRIST AND FOR SINNERS, THE GREAT WHITE THRONE FINAL JUDGEMENT).
WE ARE CHRISTIANS WE WILL BE TREATED THE SAME.
2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5 (WHY WE ARE PERSECUTED BY THE WORLD)
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous (DANGEROUS) times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me (JESUS) before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain(BEHEADED) for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Court orders Christian child into government education,10-year-old's vigorous defense of her faith condemned by judge.Posted: August 28, 2009 12:35 am Eastern By Bob Unruh 2009 WorldNetDaily
A 10-year-old homeschool girl described as well liked, social and interactive with her peers, academically promising and intellectually at or superior to grade level has been told by a New Hampshire court official to attend a government school because she was too vigorous in defense of her Christian faith. The decision from Marital Master Michael Garner reasoned that the girl's vigorous defense of her religious beliefs to [her] counselor suggests strongly that she has not had the opportunity to seriously consider any other point of view.The recommendation was approved by Judge Lucinda V. Sadler, but it is being challenged by attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund, who said it was a step too far for any court.The ADF confirmed today it has filed motions with the court seeking reconsideration of the order and a stay of the decision sending the 10-year-old student in government-run schools in Meredith, N.H.
The dispute arose as part of a modification of a parenting plan for the girl. The parents divorced in 1999 when she was a newborn, and the mother has homeschooled her daughter since first grade with texts that meet all state standards. In addition to homeschooling, the girl attends supplemental public school classes and has also been involved in a variety of extra-curricular sports activities, the ADF reported. But during the process of negotiating the terms of the plan, a guardian ad litem appointed to participate concluded the girl appeared to reflect her mother's rigidity on questions of faith and that the girl's interests would be best served by exposure to a public school setting and different points of view at a time when she must begin to critically evaluate multiple systems of belief ... in order to select, as a young adult, which of those systems will best suit her own needs.According to court documents, the guardian ad litem earlier had told the mother,If I want her in public school, she'll be in public school.The marital master hearing the case proposed the Christian girl be ordered into public school after considering the impact of [her religious] beliefs on her interaction with others.Parents have a fundamental right to make educational choices for their children. In this case specifically, the court is illegitimately altering a method of education that the court itself admits is working,said ADF-allied attorney John Anthony Simmons of Hampton.
The court is essentially saying that the evidence shows that, socially and academically, this girl is doing great, but her religious beliefs are a bit too sincerely held and must be sifted, tested by, and mixed among other worldviews. This is a step too far for any court to take.The New Hampshire Supreme Court itself has specifically declared,Home education is an enduring American tradition and right, said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Mike Johnson.There is clearly and without question no legitimate legal basis for the court's decision, and we trust it will reconsider its conclusions.The case, handled in the Family Division of the Judicial Court for Belknap County in Laconia, involves Martin Kurowski and Brenda Kurowski (Voydatch), and their daughter.
The ADF also argued that the issue already was raised in 2006 and rejected by the court.Most urgent … is the issue of Amanda's schooling as the school year has begun and Amanda is being impacted by the court's decision daily,the court filing requesting a stay said.Serious state statutory and federal constitutional concerns are implicated by the court's ruling and which need to be remedied without delay. It is not the proper role of the court to insist that Amanda be exposed to different points of view if the primary residential parent has determined that it is in Amanda's best interest not to be exposed to secular influences that would undermine Amanda's faith, schooling, social development,etc.The court is not permitted to demonstrate hostility toward religion, and particularly the faith of Amanda and Mother, by removing Amanda from the home and thrusting her into an environment that the custodial parent deems detrimental to Amanda.The order assumes that because Amanda has sincerely held Christian beliefs, there must be a problem that needs solving. It is a parent's constitutionally protected right to train up their children in the religious beliefs that they hold. It is not up to the court to suggest that a 10-year-old should be exposed to other religious views contrary to the faith traditions of her parents. Could it not be that this sharp 10-year-old vigorously believes what she does because she knows it to be true? The court's narrative suggests that 10-year-olds are too young to form opinions and that they are not yet allowed to have sincerely held Christian beliefs,the ADF said.
Absent any other clear and convincing evidence justifying the court's decision, it would appear that the court has indeed taken sides with regard to the issue of religion and has preferred one religious view over another (or the absence of religion). This is impermissible,the documents said.The guardian ad litem had an anti-Christian bias, the documents said, telling the mother at one point she wouldn't even look at homeschool curriculum.I don't want to hear it. It's all Christian based,she said.
REBUILT 3RD TEMPLE (THE EU DICTATORS TEMPLE)
10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:
11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon:
13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.
14 And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters’ vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to take water withal out of the pit.
15 For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.
16 But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.
1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
27 And he( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
REBUILT 4TH TEMPLE (THE TRUE MESSIAHS TEMPLE)
12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.
9 Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.
10 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.
1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.
9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.
15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;
16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.
17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.
EZEKIEL 40 TO 48 IS THIS 4TH TEMPLE TO BIG FOR THE MOUNT I BELIEVE TO BE BUILT 25 MILES FROM JERUSALEM.
ISRAELS INHERITED LAND IN THE FUTURE
And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.
ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.
FROM WND'S JERUSALEM BUREAU Chief Palestinian justice: Temples never existed
Slams rabbis as liars,claims Jews have no historic tie to Jerusalem August 27, 2009
2:55 pm Eastern By Aaron Klein 2009 WorldNetDaily
JERUSALEM – The Jewish temples never existed, and Jews have no historic connection to Jerusalem, declared chief Palestinian justice Sheik Taysir Tamimi today. Tamimi condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for stressing in Europe this week the long Jewish connection to Jerusalem.Tamimi claimed all Jewish rabbis and extremist organizations as well as Netanyahu are lying when they state Jerusalem was a historically Jewish city.He called such claims baseless and untrue.Jerusalem is an Arab and Islamic city and it always has been so,he said.Contradicting finds from scores of archeological digs, Tamimi claimed all of Israel's archaeological work since 1967 has not proven that Jews ever had a history or presence in Jerusalem, or that their ostensible temple had ever existed.During a WND exclusive interview in March 2007, Tamimi, one of the most influential Muslim leaders in Israel, took his assertions even further, arguing the Western Wall really was a tying post for Muhammad's horse, the Al Aqsa Mosque was built by angels, and Abraham, Moses and Jesus were prophets for Islam. Tamimi is considered the second most important Palestinian cleric after Muhammad Hussein, the grand mufti of Jerusalem. Israel started since 1967 making archeological digs to show Jewish signs to prove the relationship between Judaism and the city, and they found nothing. There is no Jewish connection to Israel before the Jews invaded in the 1880s,said Tamimi.About these so-called two temples, they never existed, certainly not at the [Temple Mount],Tamimi said during a sit-down interview in his eastern Jerusalem office.
The Palestinian cleric denied the validity of dozens of digs verified by experts worldwide revealing Jewish artifacts from the First and Second Temples throughout Jerusalem, including on the Temple Mount itself; excavations revealing Jewish homes and a synagogue in a site in Jerusalem called the City of David; or even the recent discovery of a Second Temple Jewish city in the vicinity of Jerusalem. Tamimi said descriptions of the Jewish Temples in the Hebrew Tanach, in the Talmud and in Byzantine and Roman writings from the Temple periods were forged, and that the Torah was falsified to claim biblical patriarchs and matriarchs were Jewish when they were prophets for Islam.All this is not real. We don't believe in all your versions. Your Torah was falsified. The text as given to the Muslim prophet Moses never mentions Jerusalem. Maybe Jerusalem was mentioned in the rest of the Torah, which was falsified by the Jews,said Tamimi.He said Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and Jesus were prophets for the Israelites sent by Allah as to usher in Islam.Asked about the Western Wall, Tamimi said the structure was a tying post for Muhammad's horse and that it is part of the Al Aqsa Mosque, even though the Wall predates the mosque by more than 1,000 years.The Western Wall is the western wall of the Al Aqsa Mosque. It's where Prophet Muhammad tied his animal which took him from Mecca to Jerusalem to receive the revelations of Allah.The Kotel, or Western Wall, is an outer retaining wall of the Temple Mount that survived the destruction of the Second Temple and still stands today in Jerusalem.Tamimi went on to claim to WND the Al Aqsa Mosque , which has sprung multiple leaks and has had to be repainted several times, was built by angels.Al Aqsa was built by the angels 40 years after the building of Al-Haram in Mecca. This we have no doubt is true,he said.The First Temple was built by King Solomon in the 10th century B.C. It was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. The Second Temple was rebuilt in 515 B.C. after Jerusalem was freed from Babylonian captivity. That temple was destroyed by the Roman Empire in A.D. 70. Each temple stood for a period of about four centuries.The Temple was the center of religious worship for ancient Israelites. It housed the Holy of Holies, which contained the Ark of the Covenant and was said to be the area upon which God's presence dwelt. All biblical holidays centered on worship at the Temple. The Temples served as the primary location for the offering of sacrifices and were the main gathering place for Israelites.
According to the Talmud, the world was created from the foundation stone of the Temple Mount. It's believed to be the biblical Mount Moriah, the location where Abraham fulfilled God's test to see if he would be willing to sacrifice his son Isaac.The Temple Mount has remained a focal point for Jewish services for thousands of years. Prayers for a return to Jerusalem and the rebuilding of the Temple have been uttered by Jews since the Second Temple was destroyed, according to Jewish tradition.The Al Aqsa Mosque was constructed in about A.D. 709 to serve as a shrine near another shrine, the Dome of the Rock, which was built by an Islamic caliph. Al Aqsa was meant to mark what Muslims came to believe was the place at which Muhammad, the founder of Islam, ascended to heaven to receive revelations from Allah.Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Quran. It is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible 656 times.Islamic tradition states Muhammad took a journey in a single night on a horse from a sacred mosque – believed to be in Mecca in southern Saudi Arabia – to the farthest mosque and from a rock there ascended to heaven. The farthest mosque became associated with Jerusalem about 120 years ago.According to research by Israeli Author Shmuel Berkovits, Islam historically disregarded Jerusalem as being holy. Berkovits points out in his new book, How dreadful is this place! that Muhammad was said to loathe Jerusalem and what it stood for. He wrote Muhammad made a point of eliminating pagan sites of worship and sanctifying only one place – the Kaaba in Mecca – to signify the unity of God.As late as the 14th century, Islamic scholar Taqi al-Din Ibn Taymiyya, whose writings influenced the Wahhabi movement in Arabia, ruled that sacred Islamic sites are to be found only in the Arabian Peninsula and that in Jerusalem, there is not a place one calls sacred, and the same holds true for the tombs of Hebron.A guide to the Temple Mount by the Supreme Muslim Council in Jerusalem published in 1925 listed the Mount as Jewish and as the site of Solomon's Temple. The Temple Institute acquired a copy of the official 1925 Guide Book to Al-Haram Al-Sharif, which states on page 4, Its identity with the site of Solomon's Temple is beyond dispute. This, too, is the spot, according to universal belief, on which David built there an altar unto the Lord.
Egypt: Israeli freeze must include east Jerusalem Fri Aug 28, 11:01 am ET
STOCKHOLM – Egypt's foreign minister says east Jerusalem must be included in a freeze of Israeli settlement activity before Middle East peace talks can restart.Ahmed Aboul-Gheit told reporters in Stockholm on Friday that Jerusalem is Arab and it will continue to be so.He said the Arab world expects the area to be included in a moratorium on Israeli settlements.The Obama administration has hinted it may be backing down on its insistence that Israel halt all settlement activity as a condition for restarting peace talks with the Palestinians.U.S. officials have denied Israeli media reports that Washington has agreed to leave East Jerusalem out of the agreement and settle for a nine- to 12-month freeze in the West Bank.
Just 4% of Israelis think Obama is pro-Israel Fri Aug 28, 4:30 am ET
JERUSALEM (AFP) – Only four percent of Jewish Israelis believe US President Barack Obama's policies are pro-Israel and 50 percent oppose a temporary freeze of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, a poll out on Friday showed.The survey showed 51 percent considered Obama's administration more pro-Palestinian than pro-Israeli, as compared with 50 percent in June, the Jerusalem Post said.The percentage of Jewish Israelis who consider Obama as pro-Israel was down to four percent from six percent in the June 19 poll. By comparison, 88 percent of those interviewed for the June survey thought former US president George W. Bush was pro-Israel.Obama has pressed Israel to freeze settlement construction in the occupied West Bank, causing friction with the close US ally. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has insisted natural growth makes a total halt of housing construction in settlements impossible.
The issue of settlements, which the international community considers illegal, is seen as one of the major hurdles in Middle East peace efforts.Asked whether they would support a one-year freeze, which has been raised as part of efforts to push forward the hobbled peace process with the Palestinians, 50 percent of the opinion poll's respondents said no and 41 percent said yes.The Smith Research poll was conducted this week among 500 Jewish Israelis and has a margin of error of 4.5 percent.
Bill would give president emergency control of Internet by Declan McCullagh August 28, 2009 http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10320096-38.html
Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet. They're not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency. The new version would allow the president to declare a cybersecurity emergency relating to non-governmental computer networks and do what's necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for cybersecurity professionals, and a requirement that certain computer systems and networks in the private sector be managed by people who have been awarded that license.I think the redraft, while improved, remains troubling due to its vagueness, said Larry Clinton, president of the Internet Security Alliance, which counts representatives of Verizon, Verisign, Nortel, and Carnegie Mellon University on its board.It is unclear what authority Sen. Rockefeller thinks is necessary over the private sector. Unless this is clarified, we cannot properly analyze, let alone support the bill.Representatives of other large Internet and telecommunications companies expressed concerns about the bill in a teleconference with Rockefeller's aides this week, but were not immediately available for interviews on Thursday.
A spokesman for Rockefeller also declined to comment on the record Thursday, saying that many people were unavailable because of the summer recess. A Senate source familiar with the bill compared the president's power to take control of portions of the Internet to what President Bush did when grounding all aircraft on Sept. 11, 2001. The source said that one primary concern was the electrical grid, and what would happen if it were attacked from a broadband connection. When Rockefeller, the chairman of the Senate Commerce committee, and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) introduced the original bill in April, they claimed it was vital to protect national cybersecurity. We must protect our critical infrastructure at all costs--from our water to our electricity, to banking, traffic lights and electronic health records,Rockefeller said. The Rockefeller proposal plays out against a broader concern in Washington, D.C., about the government's role in cybersecurity. In May, President Obama acknowledged that the government is not as prepared as it should be to respond to disruptions and announced that a new cybersecurity coordinator position would be created inside the White House staff. Three months later, that post remains empty, one top cybersecurity aide has quit, and some wags have begun to wonder why a government that receives failing marks on cybersecurity should be trusted to instruct the private sector what to do.Rockefeller's revised legislation seeks to reshuffle the way the federal government addresses the topic. It requires a cybersecurity workforce plan from every federal agency, a dashboard pilot project, measurements of hiring effectiveness, and the implementation of a comprehensive national cybersecurity strategy in six months--even though its mandatory legal review will take a year to complete.The privacy implications of sweeping changes implemented before the legal review is finished worry Lee Tien, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco.As soon as you're saying that the federal government is going to be exercising this kind of power over private networks, it's going to be a really big issue,he says.
Probably the most controversial language begins in Section 201, which permits the president to direct the national response to the cyber threat if necessary for the national defense and security.The White House is supposed to engage in periodic mapping of private networks deemed to be critical, and those companies shall share requested information with the federal government. (Cyber is defined as anything having to do with the Internet, telecommunications, computers, or computer networks.)
The language has changed but it doesn't contain any real additional limits,EFF's Tien says.It simply switches the more direct and obvious language they had originally to the more ambiguous (version)...The designation of what is a critical infrastructure system or network as far as I can tell has no specific process. There's no provision for any administrative process or review. That's where the problems seem to start. And then you have the amorphous powers that go along with it.Translation: If your company is deemed critical,a new set of regulations kick in involving who you can hire, what information you must disclose, and when the government would exercise control over your computers or network.The Internet Security Alliance's Clinton adds that his group is supportive of increased federal involvement to enhance cyber security, but we believe that the wrong approach, as embodied in this bill as introduced, will be counterproductive both from an national economic and national secuity perspective.Declan McCullagh is a contributor to CNET News and a correspondent for CBSNews.com who has covered the intersection of politics and technology for over a decade. Declan writes a regular feature called Taking Liberties, focused on individual and economic rights; you can bookmark his CBS News Taking Liberties site, or subscribe to the RSS feed. You can e-mail Declan at email@example.com.
OBAMA CNSIDERING POWER OVER AMERICANS By NWV News writer Jim Kouri
Posted 1:00 AM Eastern August 29, 2009 2009 NewsWithViews.com
Congressman Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) is mad as hell and he's speaking out. In an exclusive with NewswithViews.com, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, spoke out regarding President Barack Obama's decision to supervise interrogations of terrorists from the White House.At the same time the situation in Afghanistan is getting decidedly worse and the Taliban is advancing, the Obama Justice Department is launching [a plan] that risks disrupting CIA counterterrorism initiatives. This is the last thing that should happen when the president is sending more troops into harm’s way, and the nation’s top military officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, said over the weekend that AlQaeda still remains a threat to America and our interests abroad,the veteran lawmaker said.President Obama has said repeatedly that he wants to move forward, but his Justice Department seems intractably stuck in reverse. The message from the administration is completely confused, and the men and women at the CIA who we ask to protect our nation have been left in the lurch,he said.
The American people have made it clear, they want the CIA to focus on exactly what its mission should be—disrupting and defeating our nation’s enemies and preventing the next attack,he added.The Obama White House announced Monday that the CIA will no longer interrogate suspected terrorists. Any and all interrogations will be conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation under the direct supervision of a member of the Obama Administration, although no one has been named Interrogation Czar.The move is part of Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement that he will appoint a prosecutor to investigate the CIA agents involved in interrogations investigated by the CIA's Inspector General's Office.Groups such as Amnesty International, Code Pick and others are applauding Attorney General Holder's decision to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate cases brought to the Department of Justice against members of the Central Intelligence Agency.The premise of this questionable investigation is the allegations of misconduct by interrogators who questioned suspected terrorist leaders and their foot soldiers.According to the CIA's inspector general's report, during Bush-era interrogations of suspects, CIA agents carried out mock executions -- although no one was physically harmed -- and the agents made threats of violent torture.Attorney General Holder has been biting at the bit since he took office in January to go after someone -- anyone -- regarding what he views as torture, although the IG's report reveals there were only threats of doing physical harm to the terrorists and their associates, said former NYPD Det. Sid Frances, a former intelligence officer.The timing of this news is suspect, as well. Obama's having trouble with his left-wing supporters and with this move by Holder, the Obama Admninistration is throwing them a bone to keep them from deserting him during his push to pass a health care bill,said the decorated detective and former Marine.
Political strategist Mike Baker sees something even more sinister at play. Obama's decision to have a domestic law enforcement agency rather than a foreign intelligence service conduct interrogations opens the door to American citizens being targeted.
We're already heard from the likes of Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Holder that they believe the terrorists are pro-life, pro-gun and anti-government conservatives who view the federal government as intrusive. Now, instead of the CIA interrogating Guantanamo detainees or Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan, Obama's Justice Department -- especially the FBI -- will be following direct orders from the White House on whom they must interrogate,warns Baker.Baker points to the extraordinary number of Czars appointed by President Obama -- 45 at last count. He believes that Obama is by-passing his own Cabinet because these so-called Czars do not have to testify before congress or watchdog committees and they do not even have to be confirmed.Larry Cox, Amnesty International USA's executive director, issued the following statement on the release of various documents and announcements regarding Holder's action: That the Bush administration was prepared to abandon America's human rights legal obligations is a cautionary tale for those who think any nation can disregard human rights in the fight against terrorism. The report demonstrates that the US government agencies' internal monitoring systems are unreliable in upholding American values or laws. Compliance comes through disclosure and reform.The IG's report demonstrates that it is more important than ever that a comprehensive and independent investigation with the full force of the law is created to reveal and hold accountable those who requested, devised and carried out illegal counter-terrorism practices. It's time to appoint a special prosecutor to prove that U.S. laws will be enforced, no matter who violated them,said Cox.The CIA shouldn't be operating in the US to begin with. If they are then by all means investigate and prosecute. But these are interrogations of non-citizens conducted outside of the US and why are these liberals so worried about their rights while they walk all over the rights of American citizens? asks New York police officer Edie Albio.
Why are FBI agents -- federal cops -- getting involved in hardcore intelligence work? They're not trained for that and they shouldn't since they operate within our communities,she said.Meanwhile, many security and intelligence professionals are not happy about this latest round of accusations and its creation of a new media feeding frenzy during a time of war.Holder was a Clinton Justice Department bigwig who -- along with another Associate Attorney General, Jamie Goerlick -- actually contributed to the US being blind-sided on September 11, 2001.During the Clinton Administration, [Attorney General Janet] Reno, Holder and Goerlick prohibited FBI agents from sharing information with the CIA and vice versa. They even forbade FBI agents involved with intelligence gathering or counterintelligence from communicating with FBI agents involved in law enforcement. A terrorist couldn't have created a better scenario, said security analyst George McHugh.These people -- Obama, MoveOn.Org, the ACLU and others -- are working hard to make Americans less safe and terrorists more secure. It's insanity,he said.
BECK,RUSH ON OBAMA MARTAL LAW
THE IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY-Glenn Beck's fear of Obama: Seize power overnight Rush: Most dangerous time in my life for freedom and liberty in this country Posted: August 26, 2009 9:30 pm Eastern By Joe Kovacs 2009 WorldNetDaily
Will President Obama seize power overnight in a move to consolidate White House control of the U.S. government? That's the fear of Fox News anchor Glenn Beck who discussed the issue at length today with another broadcasting powerhouse, radio's Rush Limbaugh.I fear this government, this administration has so much framework already prepared, that they will seize power overnight before anybody even gives it a second thought,Beck said.His comment came as he was analyzing the changing nature of the media since Obama's election, citing the administration's close ties with the NBC network, owned by corporate giant General Electric:If you watch what could only be called the administration's organ – anything involved with GE or NBC – you've got [GE CEO] Jeffrey Immelt on the board of the Federal Reserve, you have him in the Oval Office consulting not only on health care, but the financial situation, and they are an organ.If you watch MSNBC, I contend that you will see the future because they are laying the ground for a horrible event ... anything from the right, there's some awful event and I fear this government, this administration has so much framework already prepared, that they will seize power overnight before anybody even gives it a second thought.Limbaugh responded,I don't think they're going to be able to seize it overnight without anybody knowing about it.Get the book that exposes the secret blueprint for ending free speech: Shut up, America! The pair analyzed Obama's appointment of Mark Lloyd, the nation's first chief diversity officer at the Federal Communications Commission, and both agreed he is looking to severely limit free speech in America through a series of new initiatives without ever having to revive the Fairness Doctrine that was abandoned in 1985. WND recently reported that Lloyd believes the policy was never actually repealed, and he is said to advocate crippling $250 million fines for radio stations whose programming does not meet with the government's approval.
He's also reportedly pushing for private broadcasters to pay licensing fees equal to their total operating costs. That money would then be used to enhance funding of government-subsidized networks such as National Public Radio.Citizen access to popular information has been undermined by bad political decisions,Lloyd wrote in his 2006 book, Prologue to a Farce: Communications and Democracy in America.Corporate liberty has overwhelmed citizen equality.What they're trying to do here to communications is simply stifle dissenting voices. They're trying to wipe out any opposition,Limbaugh explained.The things he's talking about doing to shut down radio are simply un-American. ... It is a dangerous time. It's the most dangerous time in my life for freedom and liberty in this country.Limbaugh maintained every action thus far by Obama has been designed to intentionally hurt, rather than help the nation.
Look at what they're doing to the U.S. economy,he said.Anybody with a sense of economic literacy would know this is not how you create jobs. You do not rebuild the private sector. This is being done on purpose. All of these disasters are exactly what Obama wants. The more crises, the better. The more opportunity for government to say,Let us in and fix the problem.Limbaugh has been maligned by some in the media for previous comments that he would like Obama to fail in implementing his policies, and he said today he was uncomfortable thinking and saying these things about a man who's been elected president of the United States.It is terribly upsetting and disconcerting, and I wish I didn't think it and I wish I didn't have to say it. But there's no way to sugarcoat it. This is not politics as usual. This is not left versus right. This is not Republican versus Democrat. This is statism, totalitarianism versus freedom. And if these people are allowed to go where they want to go unchecked, then some people, a lot of people – I don't think half the country, but close – will wake up one day and find, My God, what the hell happened? Because this is not what they voted for. They had no intention of this. They thought they were getting something entirely different and it is a responsibility that we all have being honest and earnest to inform people of what these possibilities are because they are very real.Beck, who has a national radio show of his own as well as his television broadcast on the Fox News Channel, wondered about a perceived lack of coverage on the issues they were discussing.Where is the true outrage from anyone in the media? asked Beck.Why are these things not grabbing traction at this point?
I think the whole concept of reporting has gone out the window,Limbaugh answered.I call them the State-Controlled Media because it's what they are. They're just repeaters. They take dictation from [Obama Chief of Staff] Rahm Emanuel for the most part, and they simply run with it. It's who they are, too.Despite the potential for doom and gloom, Limbaugh assured Beck that there was a ray of hope that Obama's goals could be defeated.Passion, love of country, truth is going to outmaneuver and overpower fake passion, trumped-up people who are just given marching orders and sent out to act in a certain way,Limbaugh said.I'm confident that this can be beaten back. If I weren't, you know what, Glenn? I'd pack it all in and I'd spend my money before they take it and I'd go enjoy the rest of what my life is gonna be, but I – That's quite a shopping spree,Beck interrupted with a laugh.Can I come with you? There's plenty of room,said Rush.
Australia denies downplaying oil spill by Amy Coopes – Sat Aug 29, 4:45 am ET
SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia denied claims Saturday it had downplayed the scale of a massive oil spill at a drilling rig off its northwest coast, and said the slick was dispersing naturally.Resources Minister Martin Ferguson said the Greens party was exaggerating the size of the leak at the West Atlas drilling platform, about 250 kilometres off the Australian mainland.The area of the spill is rectangular in nature,said Ferguson.It is to the north-east of the rig and 15 nautical miles (28 kilometres) to the north and 60 nautical miles to the east.Contrary to what the Greens are suggesting, the closest it is to the Australian coastline is in excess of 80 miles (129 kilometres), he added.Ferguson's comments came after Greens Senator Rachel Siewert flew over the spill in a chartered plane Friday and said it was far bigger than we have been told and closer to the coast than expected.From east to west it stretches 180 kilometres (112 miles) at a minimum. Urgent action is needed to stop the flow,she added.Tonnes of dispersant chemicals have been dumped on the slick, and Ferguson said most of it was breaking up naturally.This spill will continue to spread in a north-easterly direction and I must say, as of today the weather conditions are assisting,Ferguson said.They are a bit more choppy and that will assist in the natural break-up of the oil and gas.The leak began early last Friday at the West Atlas rig, forcing the evacuation of 69 workers.Its Bangkok-based operator PTTEP Australasia was unable to cap the leak, and authorities have warned it could take up to seven weeks to contain, with a second rig sent from Singapore for the repair operation.
Based on average flow rates in the region and data from the company, Siewert said almost half a million litres (132,000 US gallons) of oil was daily spilling into the ocean.She urged PTTEP and Norway's Seadrill, which owns the West Atlas platform, to accept the offer of a relief rig from Australian company Woodside Petroleum, which could be on the site within five days.But PTTEP said there was no indication Woodside's equipment would reach West Atlas any faster than the Singapore rig, which it estimated would arrive in seven or eight days.The other thing is there's different types of rigs and the option that has been selected by the company is the safest, most effective and most likely for success,said PTTEP spokesman Ian Williams.He would not comment on Siewert's claims about the size and extent of the spill.PTTEP on Monday estimated the slick was eight nautical miles long and 30 metres wide, and said it had not shown signs of expanding.It plans to drill a relief well with the secondary rig to intersect the leaking well head and stop the flow of oil and gas.
STOP IRAN FROM NUKES - DORE GOLD
Dore Gold: Stop Iran Before It Builds Nuke Thursday, 27 August 2009 07:17 News from Jerusalem Dore Gold speaks about the nuclear threat on Fox News
Former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations and best-selling author Dore Gold tells Newsmax that the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran is more immediate and more dangerous than commonly believed.Gold, whose latest book is The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Tehran Defies the West,asserts that the Islamic Republic already has the nuclear fuel necessary to produce two atomic weapons.And he warns that a nuclear Iran would not only threaten Israel and Europe, but surely set off a nuclear arms race throughout the Middle East.Gold's earlier New York Times best-sellers include The Fight for Jerusalem: Radical Islam, the West, and the Future of the Holy City.He served at the U.N. from 1997 through 1999, and is currently president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.Newsmax.TV's Kathleen Walter asked Gold where Iran stands now with its nuclear program.We know from data of the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran has already enriched uranium in sufficient quantities so that they have basically the feedstock for making military grade uranium sufficient for two atomic bombs,Gold said.That is of June 2009. If no one stops the centrifuges from spinning in Natanz — that's where the enrichment is going on in Iran — then they will have even more enriched uranium in the future.
In terms of missiles, they have new missiles which they have been launching that are solid fuel, that are multi-stage, and are able to strike targets deep into European territory.Is it too late to block Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, and what should President Barack Obama do about the Iranian threat? Walter asked.I don't think it is too late to block Iran,Gold declared.I think there are a number of measures that can be taken very quickly. First of all, President Obama and the administration have spoken about engaging Iran. A lot of time has been given in 2009 for that engagement, and essentially the message from Iran is they will not stop their nuclear program.That means the West as a whole has to move to a new stage of painful, I repeat painful, sanctions on Iran, even if it's implemented just by the U.S. and its European allies. That can cut very deeply into the Iranian economy, especially if the export of gasoline and other refined products is halted.Last but not least, the military option must be on the table. In my book I prove that only the fear of a Western military strike, along with painful sanctions, might bring the Iranians to stop what they're doing.Walter asked why Iran has been allowed to get this far with its nuclear development.I stress in the book that almost every American administration and many European leaders have totally underestimated the threat of Iran,Gold responded.There is a whole cottage industry trying to present to the American people and to the Western alliance as a whole the idea that Iran does not have hostile intentions. That is completely wrong.Asked how Israel is faring in the face of the Iranian threat, the former Israeli ambassador told Newsmax:I think the Israeli leadership is fully aware that Iran has stated that it wants to destroy the state of Israel, and it has said that in the context of its acquisition of atomic weapons.Israel is preparing to defend its people if Iran decides to move down that road. But Israel is also aware that the entire Middle East is today threatened.A nuclear Iran would lead to a chain reaction across the Middle East, with countries like Egypt, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia all seeking their own nuclear weapons programs.
You would suddenly have, in the most unstable part of the world, multiple nuclear powers that would each suspect each other of planning to strike one another, creating a very unstable security situation for the whole area,said Gold.But the real problem with a nuclear Iran, he added, is that Iran is the greatest supporter of international terrorism around the world, and terrorist organizations would act far more freely knowing that the country that is supporting them has a nuclear umbrella.
For that reason a nuclear Iran must be stopped.NewsMax
UN: Questions about military aspects on Iran nukes By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press Writer – Sat Aug 29, 1:56 am ET
VIENNA – Iran is stonewalling the U.N. nuclear watchdog on possible military dimensions to its suspect nuclear program, officials said Friday, urging the regime to clarify the mysterious role of a foreign explosives expert and shed light on other issues.A senior Iranian envoy angrily denounced the assessment as fabrication, insisting his country has gone out of its way to be transparent and cooperative.In its latest report, the International Atomic Energy Agency said it has pressed the Islamic Republic to clarify its uranium enrichment activities and reassure the world that it's not trying to build an atomic weapon.Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful and geared solely toward generating electricity. The United States and important allies contend the country is covertly trying to build an atomic weapon.
Before six-power talks on Iran on Sept. 2 — and a key meeting of the IAEA's 35-nation board a week after that — the IAEA acknowledged that Iran has been producing nuclear fuel at a slower rate and has allowed U.N. inspectors broader access to its main nuclear complex in the southern city of Natanz and to a reactor in Arak.But the Vienna-based agency delivered a blunt assessment: Iran has not suspended its enrichment-related activities.There remain a number of outstanding issues which give rise to concerns and which need to be clarified to exclude the existence of possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program,said the text, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press.It said the IAEA does not consider that Iran has adequately addressed the substance of the issues, having focused instead on the style and form ... and providing limited answers and simple denials.The report contained a reference to a foreign national with explosives expertise who apparently assisted the Iranian nuclear program. It did not identify the expert by name or nationality, and officials — pressed by the AP for details — would not elaborate.Iran's chief representative to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, told the AP he found the report very frustrating, and angrily suggested that U.S. intelligence was working to undermine Iran's credibility.America alleges that Iran has a Manhattan Project to build a bomb, Soltanieh said. This is ridiculous. This game is enough. It should be over. ... We have tried to take a very logical and pragmatic approach.
All these things are fabrications. We have been too transparent and cooperative with the agency,he added.We are very concerned that they are not addressing the concerns of the international community,U.S. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said Friday in Washington.They say they want to have the right to a civilian nuclear energy program, but they also have the obligation to show the world that that is indeed what they intend to do,he said.The report raised the specter of harsher international sanctions against Iran for not answering lingering questions about its nuclear activities.President Barack Obama has given Iran something of an ultimatum: Stop enriching uranium — which, if done at a high level, can produce fissile material for the core of a nuclear weapon — or face harsher penalties. In exchange, it could get trade benefits from the six countries engaged in the talks: the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia.This week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Iran that if it doesn't respond, it could face stronger sanctions in the energy and financial sectors.French President Nicolas Sarkozy, meanwhile, suggested unspecified severe new sanctions against Iran if it continues its nuclear activities.
Despite the pressure, senior U.N. officials said Friday that Iran has been feeding uranium ore into some of its 8,300 centrifuges at a reduced rate, suggesting that sanctions already in place may be hampering its program. As of Aug. 12, only about 4,600 of those centrifuges were actively enriching uranium, compared with about 4,900 in June — the last time the IAEA issued a report on Iran's nuclear activities — officials said.Since then, they said, Iran has installed roughly 1,000 more centrifuges, but it appeared that many were idle.We need further explanations,said a Western diplomat, declining to be identified because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the confidential report.The U.N. Security Council has imposed sanctions against Iran three times since 2006 for its refusal to freeze uranium enrichment. The sanctions grew from fears that Iran is using the pretext of building a peaceful nuclear energy program as a guise to eventually make weapons-grade enriched uranium.The country has also been placed on an international watch list to help limit the importation of nuclear materials, which could make it difficult to procure enough uranium oxide to feed its enrichment program.The IAEA also chided Syria for not fully cooperating on efforts to clear up questions about whether it was trying to build a nuclear complex at a desert site bombed by Israel in 2007. Associated Press Writer Foster Klug in Washington contributed to this report.
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UAE reports ship seizure with N. Korea arms for Iran By JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press Writer – Fri Aug 28, 11:41 pm ET
UNITED NATIONS – The United Arab Emirates has seized a cargo ship earlier this month bound for Iran with a cache of banned arms from North Korea, the first such seizure since sanctions against North Korea were ramped up, diplomats and officials told The Associated Press on Friday.The seizure was carried out in accordance with tough new U.N. Security Council sanctions meant to derail North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
Diplomats identified the vessel as a Bahamas-flagged cargo vessel, the ANL Australia, carrying rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons. The diplomats and officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.The UAE, a hub for Iranian goods, seized the ship several weeks ago. The ship is registered in the Bahamas, a common country of registry for vessels, but it wasn't immediately clear who owns it nor where the owner is based.We can confirm that the UAE detained a North Korean vessel containing illicit cargo,a Western diplomat told the AP.The Security Council's latest resolution came in the wake of North Korea's second nuclear test in May and firing of six short-range rockets.The ship's seizure and reported violation of a U.N. arms embargo was reported by the UAE in a confidential letter two weeks ago to the council's sanctions committee for North Korea that is comprised of diplomats from all 15 nations on the Security Council, according to diplomats and officials.Turkey's deputy U.N. ambassador, Fazli Corman, who chairs the sanctions panel, confirmed the incident without providing details and said council members are examining the seriousness of it.The committee received information from UAE authorities and the committee is processing the information,he told the AP.
The Financial Times first reported the weapons seizure Friday.
The Security Council imposed tough new sanctions on North Korea on June 12, strengthening an arms embargo and authorizing ship searches on the high seas to try to rein in its nuclear program after Pyongyang's second nuclear test on May 25, violating a council resolution adopted after its first nuclear blast in 2006.The council also has ordered an asset freeze and travel ban on companies and individuals involved in the country's nuclear and weapons programs — and put five North Korean officials, four companies and a state agency on the sanctions list. Three other companies were put on the list after Pyongyang launched a rocket on April 5, a move that many saw as a cover for testing long-range missile technology.The new sanctions resolution also calls on all nations to prevent financial institutions or individuals from providing financing for any activities related to North Korean programs to build nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and ballistic missiles.Three sets of U.N. sanctions apply to Iran, seeking to halt its uranium enrichment. Iran denies accusations by the U.S. and Western allies that its nuclear program is for more than peaceful purposes.The ship seizure comes at a delicate time, just as the North has been adopting a more conciliatory stance toward South Korea and the U.S., following months of defiant provocations.Earlier this month, the North freed two American journalists and a South Korean worker after more than four months of detention and pledged to restart some joint projects.The North also sent a delegation to Seoul to mourn the death of former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung.
State of Terror Thursday, 27 August 2009 14:34 News from Jerusalem ,Abbas, Moderate Holocaust Denier, Moderate Terrorist
The idea that a Palestinian state can lead to enduring peace in the Middle East has become a diplomatic obsession for American policy makers. Bringing such a state into being has become the equivalent of finding the Holy Grail.In fact, however, a Palestinian state would not only fail to bring peace and stability to the region, but would make it an even more dangerous place than it already is. And ironically, given its adamant backing for a government that would have been led by Yasser Arafat and now would be headed by Abu Mazen, U.S. support for the creation of Palestine,which would immediately ally itself with and become a client of rivals and enemies of America such as Iran, would harm American, Israeli, and even Arab interests.The history of the PLO's Abu Mazen - who is hailed by the US administration as a peaceful leader – tells us something important about the likely character of a Palestinian state. As a graduate of Moscow University (Ph.D. thesis: Holocaust Denial) and a beneficiary of KGB training, he managed the logistics of the Munich Massacre of eleven Israeli athletes in 1972. He was the architect of PLO ties with ruthless communist regimes until 1989 and, since 1993, a series of PLO accords with Hamas. In 1950, 1966 and 1970, he was forced to flee Egypt, Syria and Jordan, respectively, for subversive activities. During the 1970s and 1980s he participated in PLO attempts to topple the Christian regime in Beirut, which resulted in the 1976 Syrian invasion of Lebanon and a series of civil wars, causing close to 200,000 deaths and hundreds of thousands of refugees. As Yasser Arafat’s confidante and first deputy for over fifty years until Arafat's death, Abu Mazen is one of the engineers of contemporary Palestinian hate education, which has become a production line for terrorists. In 1990, he collaborated with Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, despite the Gulf country’s unique hospitality to 400,000 PLO-affiliated Palestinians.
This history is not that of a peace maker, and the PLO's track record of inter-Arab treachery, non-compliance, corruption, repression and terrorism does not give evidence of peaceful Palestinian state of the future. Since its makeover from a terrorist organization to a semi-independent entity in 1993, the Palestinian Authority, which has been led by PLO graduates of terrorist bases in Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Lebanon, Syria and Tunisia, has become an incubator for terrorist tactics, which have been exported to Iraq, Afghanistan, England, Spain and other countries.The 1968-70 and 1970-1982 PLO autonomy in Jordan and in Lebanon respectively provided training and inspiration for scores of international terror organizations; introduced the first wave of commercial aircraft hijackings; and facilitated the murder of 300 US Marines in the 1983 attack on the US Embassy and Marine Headquarters in Beirut. The year 1993 – when the PLO catapulted to prominence – marked a wave of anti-US Islamic terrorism, starting with the first bombing of the World Trace Center in 1993 and ending with the September 11 attacks.The proposed Palestinian State would inflict destruction upon America’s Arab allies and would enhance the fortunes of its rivals and enemies. Other states in the region know this. During the October 1994 signing of the Israel-Jordan peace treaty, top commanders of the Jordanian military urged their Israeli counterparts to stop short of a Palestinian state west of the Jordan River, lest it destroy the [pro-US] Hashemite regime east of the River.Home to the largest Palestinian community in the world, Jordan is considered by the PLO to be Palestinian land. Why would the US support the Hashemite regime on one hand, but doom it to oblivion, by promoting a Palestinian State, on the other? Even more worrisome are the ties between the PLO and Iran. The PLO was one of the earliest allies of the Ayatollah Khomeini when he toppled the Shah of Iran in 1979. After his 2005 election to the chairmanship of the Palestinian Authority, Abu Mazen’s first visits were to Teheran and Damascus. A Palestinian state would extend Iran's long terrorist arm, facilitating subversive operations against pro-Western Arab regimes. It would also enable Iran to enhance its intelligence and military operations in the region, including port facilities in Gaza.A Palestinian State would be a tailwind to insurgent terrorists in Iraq. With its long record of connections to Soviet intelligence, it would provide Russia and possibly China and North Korea with a foothold in the eastern flank of the Mediterranean at the expense of vital US interests. The increasingly Islamist and anti-US direction of Abu Mazen's educational and media efforts indicates that a Palestinian state would export terrorism to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.The long and determined effort by American administrations to soften the Palestinian Authority’s harsh features cannot change the fact that a Palestinian State would add fuel to the fire of terrorism in the region. In tying its fortunes to the creation of such a state, the United States may be signing a suicide note for its Middle East policy.Ambassador Yoram Ettinger served as Minister for Congressional Affairs at Israel’s Embassy in Washington and Director of Israel’s Government Press Office, in addition to other posts. He speaks frequently on U.S. college campuses about the conflict in the Middle East.frontpage.
MEPS look forward to the big political issues of the autumn
Source: European Parliament Posted on: 28th August 2009
This autumn sees the first term for newly elected MEPs with 6 plenary parliamentary sessions being held between now and Christmas. MEPs will also vote on the candidacy of Commission President Barroso as well as approving the entire new Commission. A poll in Ireland on the Lisbon treaty and the Copenhagen climate summit will also hold MEPs attention. This article looks at some of the issues that will dominate the European news over the coming months.
Ireland votes on Lisbon - again
The revamped Lisbon treaty will be put to a vote in Ireland on 2 October in what is seen as the crucial final hurdle before ratification. A yes vote would see the treaty come into force on 1 January.If the vote is yes then the Sweden, the holders of the EU presidency, will have the tricky task of gaining consensus around who will be nominated for the two key posts the treaty will create - the EU President and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. If adopted the treaty will also give the European Parliament a raft of new legislative powers.
Barroso vote and job interviews for new Commissioners
One man this autumn waiting to hear about his job will be European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. He needs a confirmation vote in Parliament before he can take up his second 5 year mandate.If re-appointed he will then have to allocate portfolios to the people nominated by national capitals. Prior to taking up office these Commissioners-designate face tough Q&A job interviews with MEPs on their opinions, suitability and skills for their allotted posts. Although no date has yet been set for the hearings, late October or early November would seem the most likely dates.Given that most governments in Europe are of the centre right and that the centre right European People’s Party dominate the European Parliament, then we could expect the European Commission to have a centre right persuasion.
Copenhagen: Agreement on low-carbon economy?
At the UN Climate Change conference in Copenhagen in December world leaders will have to grapple with the task of agreeing a post-Kyoto protocol deal on limiting CO2 emissions. The European Union has already adopted legislation that commits itself to a 20% cut in CO2 compared to 1990 levels as well as 20% more efficiency in energy usage added to a 20% share for renewables in final energy consumption. If a meaningful agreement is to be reached in the Danish capital, then the world’s largest emitters of C02 - the US and China - must sign up to CO2 cuts.
Reform of EU asylum policy: new MEPs will pick up the baton
In May MEPs from the outgoing parliament approved steps to improve the way the European Union’s asylum policy works through legal rights for migrants and more solidarity between the 27 members.In July the Swedish Presidency launched the Stockholm Programme which aims to set out cooperation in areas such as policing, judiciary, visas and immigration cooperation over the next five years. Part of that is a call for countries to show greater solidarity and share the burden of immigration as states like Malta, Spain and Italy are receiving huge amounts of immigrants from Africa, whereas many other Member States are not.Swedish immigration Minister Tobias Billstroem has said that he would like to unveil proposals this September - expected to include the potentially controversial policy of re-distributing refugees and asylum seekers among the 27 members. Given the sensitivity of the issue, lively debates on the proposals among MEPs can be expected when they are submitted to Parliament later this year.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Hungarians baffled by Irish treaty stand-off
Cox and Higgins cross swords over Lisbon in e-mail duelSelling Nama to sceptical public requires political willPublic mood against Nama could threaten CoalitionYoung people's distress is a wake-up callGovernment must not fall until crucial measures implementedThis week they said SEÁN EUSTACEWORLD VIEW: IT IS instructive to observe how our fellow Europeans in states such as Hungary dealt with the Lisbon Treaty. Hungary was first to ratify the treaty with near unanimous endorsement across the political establishment. Among the population there is widespread bafflement at Ireland’s uncharacteristic bout of Euro-scepticism. Nowhere is there an echo of the Irish opponents’ references about Brussels mandarins wanting to build a European super state.Ireland was seen as a champion of the European project and a country that had greatly benefited from membership. For those involved in developing Irish- Hungarian relations over the past 20 years it was no easy matter last year to try and explain our rejection of the Lisbon Treaty to Hungarians for whom Ireland had been the role model as they pursued their EU ambitions in the decade leading up to formal accession in 2004.Although Hungary has 10 million people, it sees itself as one of the smaller states. Having suffered the ravages of two World Wars, and a failed uprising in 1956 to try and shake off the shackles of Soviet domination, Hungary aspired to membership as a bulwark against any regression to super power domination as soon as the Soviet block imploded in the 1990s.Historically and economically, Ireland, too, had been cut off from mainland Europe, and was reduced to the role of a cheap-food supplier to Britain until we secured the economic liberation of EU (or Common Market, as it was then) membership back in 1973. Even then we were delayed until France’s General de Gaulle lifted the veto on Britain joining.Following the collapse of the Berlin Wall back in 1989, the Irish Hungarian Economic Association (now the Irish Hungarian Business Association or IHBA) was established to promote two-way investment, trade, commerce and tourism between the two countries, and to enable business people and companies to share their experience.
Study trips and trade missions played an important role in opening up links in those early years as the Irish tip-toed into the uncharted former communist Europe. Enterprise Ireland and the embassies of both countries gave active encouragement.In the early 1990s, Hungary was fertile ground for Irish consultants as it endeavoured to modernise its infrastructure. Investel, an offshoot of Telecom Éireann, was an early entrant and was responsible for raising the capital to modernise Hungary’s telecommunications.Today, several Irish companies have expanded into Hungary – thanks to the openings brought about by the EU. Opening a direct air link was seen as vital. We supported a campaign that saw Malev Hungarian Airlines open routes to Dublin and Cork. In the past 10 years Malev has carried half a million passengers between both countries. Aer Lingus and Ryanair followed with direct flights. On most summer days there are now three return flights between Dublin and Budapest.In its support for business growth the IHBA annually presents an award to the company or individual judged to have made a significant contribution to Irish-Hungarian economic relations. Recipients have included Kingspan, AIB International Financial Services Ltd and various technology companies. Another winner, Grafton Recruitment, is today the leading recruitment agency in central eastern Europe.The years leading up to Hungary’s accession in 2004 also saw many delegations coming to Ireland to see at first hand how much we had benefited from EU Structural and Social Funding. We enjoyed an emblematic status as the one to emulate if and when they joined this European family of nations. And when that happy day arrived for the EU’s enlargement from 15 to 25 states in that year, it was particularly proud and poignant that it should happen in Ireland during our EU presidency. Who can forget that wonderful Farmleigh ceremony when so many former Iron Curtain countries joined the EU family of democratic nations? That enlarged Union, and Irish-Hungarian economic ties in particular, have been good for Irish business and providing jobs for Irish people. This has been two-way. International healthcare provider Euromedic, which has expanded into Ireland providing work for over 150 people here, was founded in Hungary and has its headquarters there.Close political relations have also developed. This is particularly useful at the EU negotiating table when smaller countries co-operate.
With the EU further enlarged to 27 members (Bulgaria and Romania joining in 2007), it was hardly surprising that institutions devised for a union of 15 countries, required further reform. Hence the Lisbon Treaty.During its gestation, and in view of the fact that the Irish Government had played such a leading role in its development, it is fair to state that the political establishment, the business community and opinion makers in Hungary presumed that the last place this reforming treaty would run into major opposition would be Ireland.They are simply baffled by our referendum result last year. They point to the benefits of the enlarged common market, the single currency and the EU Structural and Social Funds for Ireland, and they ask why we would want to jeopardise those developments not only for newer accession countries, like Hungary, but also for ourselves.Certainly it’s not an easy one to explain.Seán Eustace is vice-chairman of the Irish Hungarian Business Association and chairman of Euromedic.
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Super-Europe no more-How 2009 is cracking the EU's spine
Doug Saunders Last updated on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009 05:16PM EDT
There are few better ways to see the contrast between the Europe of 20 years ago and the Europe of today than by voyaging westward from Istanbul, on the northern Mediterranean coast, along the flanks of the continent's soft underbelly.That is exactly what I am doing this week with a group of Globe and Mail readers and writers on the paper's Mediterranean cruise. It is a voyage from a chaotic old world of tariffs, visas, international borders, clashing currencies, anti-migration walls and inward-looking national politics, and into the stable, peaceful, borderless, homogenized sphere of a unified Europe.
Or so it appears at first.
This is a propitious moment to be gazing across a glass-calm sea at a mass of 500 million people taking their August break. Here on the continent's economically scarred southern edge, you can feel the fissures beginning to form, the sharp rips in the fabric of unity.This will be Europe's decisive season. The weeks and months ahead will determine the continent's future direction in a number of important ways. This is a continent whose unity, 20 years in the making, is being tested.After the fall of communism in 1989, Europe formed the most close-knit federation the world has ever seen, and then expanded at an extraordinary rate until in 2007 it came to incorporate 27 states.Much of that expansion was built on an assumption of continuing economic growth – very poor ex-Soviet colonies like Romania, Bulgaria and the Baltic states were added to the club on the assumption that they had become more successful, more able to contribute and more European politically and fiscally than before. For a while, it worked.In the past few months, this harmony has decayed into shrieking dissonance. So far this year Latvia, Hungary, Romania, Iceland and Ukraine have all gone bankrupt and received full-scale bailouts from the International Monetary Fund, a last-ditch rescue usually reserved for developing countries. Lithuania may well receive one soon. The huge economies of Ireland and Spain are both in deep trouble. Italy has government debt 120 per cent of the size of its entire economy.
Yet not everyone is hurting badly. This month France and Germany declared themselves free from recession, and Germany may have avoided any serious unemployment. Britain is beginning to worry about the prospect of inflation.There could come a point, possibly by the end of next year, where major Western European economies like Germany are begging the European Central Bank to cool down the economy by raising interest rates even as the precise opposite is being demanded by countries like Spain, which has seen its economy shrink 15 per cent and faces double-digit unemployment.It's a little like the decision being faced by the Bank of Canada, which can print money and ease the dollar's value downward to please Ontario's manufacturers, or let it rise to please Alberta's petroleum exporters – but not both. In Europe, the two-direction problem is far more dramatic, and it involves powerful sovereign nations.Those 27 nations are quickly learning that their loyalties, when crunch time arrives, are not always in the common interest of their shared federation.The key event this autumn will be the vote in Ireland, on Oct. 2, on a referendum to ratify the Lisbon Treaty, popularly known as the European constitution. It would give Europe an elected president, a parliament with real powers and the beginnings of a set of institutions that could lead to a Europe-wide foreign policy and military.Hotly desired by Germans and eastern Europeans, the constitution needs to be ratified by all 27 members. Last year Ireland, the only country to bring it to a referendum, rejected it; now, Quebec-style, they're holding the vote again, hoping the right answer will emerge.
Who knows if it will succeed. Even if it does, there is a palpable sense that leaders and people alike now feel they have quite enough Europe, thank you very much. The euro currency remains popular – in fact, Iceland, Denmark and Sweden are eagerly trying to adopt it, their small currencies having been hammered in the crunch.But nobody wants Europe to expand further. Last week I spoke with Turkey's EU-membership negotiator, Egeman Bagis, and he spoke pessimistically of a Europe driven inward this season by the pull of domestic politics, dumping important future members such as Turkey into limbo.Five days before the Irish referendum, Germans will go to the polls in a vote that is very likely to give Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats, who have campaigned against Turkish membership, full control of the government.Within the next year, a British election will almost certainly bring David Cameron's anti-Europe and anti-expansion Conservatives to power. This will create a solid wall of conservative blue across almost all of Europe – almost the opposite of the wall of social democracy that faced George W. Bush five years ago.A fear of expansion and outsiders is not the only force tearing at Europe. Even more dramatic is the fear of the cold. This summer, Turkey agreed to the building of the Nabucco pipeline, which will carry gas 3,300 kilometres from the Caspian Sea into Europe – the first major energy source, for many the continent's central and Western members, that is not owned and controlled by Russia. Turkey, for this privilege, will get 15 per cent of the gas – and a foot in the EU door, should things ever thaw.Russia, in turn, is building two huge pipelines across the Baltic and Black seas, bypassing any hostile or rent-seeking countries on the way to Europe. Which is just as well, as Russia's relations with Georgia and Ukraine, two of those pathway countries, have reached an all-time low this summer.Yet this is not a unanimous direction. Partly for energy reasons, countries like Germany are trying to forge better relations with Moscow. This infuriates the new EU countries of eastern Europe – the same ones that are now receiving IMF bailouts – who want Russia to be sanctioned.Given all that, it is hard to imagine Europe becoming anything like a unified new superpower in the immediate future.
Horse dies, France faces reality of toxic beaches By ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press Writer – Fri Aug 28, 5:04 pm ET
SAINT-MICHEL-EN-GREVE, France – It should have been a perfect day for Vincent Petit, finishing up an afternoon gallop on a wide expanse of beach along a pastel-colored bay. Instead, he and his mount were sucked into a hole of noxious black sludge.The horse died within seconds, the rider lost consciousness and a dirty secret on the Brittany coast reverberated across France — decaying green algae was fouling some of its best beaches.A report ordered by the government after the accident found concentrations of hydrogen sulfide gas emitted by the rotting algae were as high as 1,000 parts per million on the beach where the horse died — an amount that can be fatal in several minutes.There had been signs of a crisis for years in this idyllic corner of Brittany. But scaring away tourists was in no one's interest, including the farming industry — the region's economic backbone — whose nitrate-packed fertilizers power algae blooms.So, while tongues wagged, folks whispered and acrimony grew, an official hush prevailed. It took the death of the horse to bring the problem into the open.Decaying ulva algae threatens other beaches around France and the world, from the United States to China, experts say. Last year, the Chinese government brought in the army to remove the slimy growths so the Olympic sailing competition could be held.
In Brittany's Cote d'Armor region, conditions are perfect for its spread — sunlight, shallow waters and flat beaches. Chemical and natural fertilizers like pig excrement, loaded with nitrates and phosphorous, have saturated the land, spilling into rivers and the ocean, feeding the algae that then proliferate.Harmless while in water, the algae form dangerous gases — notably hydrogen sulfide, with its characteristic rotten-egg smell — when they wash up on land and decay. A white crust forms and traps the gases, which are released when stepped on or otherwise disturbed. Over time, putrefied algae turns sand into a black silt muck, sometimes containing pockets of poison gas.On July 28, Petit, a 28-year-old researcher in a state-run virology lab, had just finished riding his thoroughbred Sir Glitter, a retired racehorse, on the Saint-Michel-en-Greves beach, when the two were suddenly mired in muck as he led the horse on foot in search of a place to cross a stream running through the sand.The horse and I slid in,said Petit, who is also trained in veterinary studies.A horse in that situation is in an enormous panic, but he didn't have time to struggle.Petit said he watched horrified as his horse stopped breathing and died within about 30 seconds, then he himself passed out. Petit was pulled from the mire by a bulldozer shovel after a man who witnessed the accident gave the alert.While locals are aware of the perils posed by the silt traps that lurk under the sand around streams that feed from the beach into the ocean, Petit did not sense the danger until the ground gave way and he and his horse were sucked into the noxious ooze up to the man's chest.
Police initially ruled the horse suffocated, but an autopsy showed the animal died of an acute pulmonary edema with symptoms compatible with gaseous intoxication in a brutal manner,Petit said, quoting the report, which he paid for.There was no foreign matter in the horse's throat, lungs or stomach and no sign of a heart attack, he said.
There have been local efforts to clear the blight. Mayor Rene Ropartz said Saint-Michel-en-Greve, a village of 480 people, collected 10,000 tons of algae from the mile-long beach by the end of July; several years ago they cleaned up 21,000 tons.
This bay is magnificent and, unfortunately, this tarnishes the image, said Ropartz, adding that the horse's death shows the role of the algae is no longer in doubt and spurred the government into action.Prime Minister Francois Fillon visited Saint-Michel-en-Greve last week, pledging measures to control the algae by next spring.
The horse is only the latest victim of the algae's noxious fumes. A man was found dead on the same beach two decades ago, his arm sticking out from a pile of algae. Another man fell into a four-day coma after cleaning algae 10 years later. And last year, two dogs died while romping on an algae-covered beach 60 miles to the east. At Grandville beach, where the dogs died, putrefying algae has turned the sand to blackened silt, spotted with green swampland and white crusty clumps of algae in decay. The stench of hydrogen sulfide hangs heavy in the area, where people occasionally show up to gawk at the ruined beach. Once you could swim here. Now, it's no longer a beach, it's a garbage dump,said Andre Ollivro, a founder of Halt the Green Tide, one of several ecology groups that has warned of the algae peril as bad blood built with farmers. After the dogs died, scientists at CEVA, a state-run institute that tracks algae in France, began protecting themselves with hand-held instruments to measure hydrogen sulfide, said agency official Sylvain Ballu. Ballu said he found 500 parts per million of hydrogen sulfide in the area where the dogs died.
Solving the problem will take far more than cleaning algae from beaches.
Water in the affected region currently measures 32-33 milligrams per liter of nitrate — compared to a normal level of 5 milligrams, said Alain Menesguen, a biologist with the French Institute for Exploitation of the Sea. Some rivers reach 60-70 milligrams and the ground water in some areas reaches 100 milligrams, he said.
We've reached saturation,he said. Returning to normal levels will require huge changes in the agricultural sector without seeing any immediate drop in the algae mass.This is very difficult for farmers and politicians to accept,Menesguen said.
Solange Le Guen, who raises 80 cows on a farm planted with corn, wheat and other crops in the hills behind Saint-Michel-en-Greve, says farmers aren't the only ones to blame.Fault also lies with water purification plants located too close to the ocean, she said. She conceded, when pressed, that people have abused fertilizers.We were badly advised,she said.For Petit, it comes down to assuring some good comes from the tragedy and his scrape with death.I'm trying to do everything so that my horse didn't die for nothing, that this won't just end as a simple accident,he said.It could have been worse, for me.
HOARDING OF GOLD AND SILVER
DOCTOR DOCTORIAN FROM ANGEL OF GOD
then the angel said, Financial crisis will come to Asia. I will shake the world.
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.
16 And he(FALSE POPE) causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:(CHIP IMPLANT)
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.(6-6-6) A NUMBER SYSTEM
MAX KEISER ON BANK HOLIDAYS
DIANA WONG WILL AMERICAS ECONOMY COLLAPSE
FRANK THE AUDIT FED BILL
AUDIT THE FED HAS 282 HOUSE MEMBERS SIGNED UP AND 23 SENATE MEMBERS SIGNED UP SO FAR.
How Bernanke failed us August 26, 2009 | 6:15 am
While much or most of Wall Street seems to believe that Ben S. Bernanke deserves a second term as Federal Reserve chairman -- even if the reasoning is of the devil-you-know variety -- veteran economist Stephen Roach makes the case that Bernanke is responsible for much of the mess he’s now being paid to clean up.It is as if a doctor guilty of malpractice is being given credit for inventing a miracle cure,Roach, the chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, wrote in the Financial Times after President Obama renominated Bernanke on Tuesday.Maybe the patient needs a new doctor.Roach lists three strikes against Bernanke, whose reappointment must be confirmed by the Senate:
While a Fed governor from 2002 to mid-2005, Bernanke was a cheerleader for Chairman Alan Greenspan's view that the central bank shouldn’t be in the business of fighting asset bubbles by, say, tightening credit to deflate them. On this count, he stood with his predecessor -- serial bubble-blowing Greenspan -- who argued that monetary authorities are best positioned to clean up the mess after the bursting of asset bubbles rather than to pre-empt the damage,Roach says.Is there anyone left out there who believes that we're better off because the Fed allowed the housing bubble to inflate to such absurd proportions? Bernanke supported the global savings glut defense of the 2001-2007 U.S. debt explosion. That defense held that America’s borrowing binge was in large part the logical result of the unprecedented wealth sloshing around the global financial system, much of which landed here. Roach argues that adherents of the glut defense in effect exonerated the U.S. from its bubble-prone tendencies and pinned the blame on surplus savers in Asia.
Bernanke had little interest in fulfilling the Fed’s role as a regulator of banking-system excess.The derivatives’ explosion, extreme leverage of regulated and shadow banks and excesses of mortgage lending were all flagrant abuses that both Mr. Bernanke and Mr. Greenspan could have said no to,Roach says.But they did not.Overall, Roach asserts, Bernanke lacked the foresight and courage to resist the most reckless tendencies of the era of excess. The world needs central bankers who avoid problems, not those who specialize in post-crisis damage control.An editorial in the Wall Street Journal also takes Bernanke to task for America’s recent bubble trouble, but doesn’t argue against a second term.The Journal, though, wonders how Bernanke will get policy right in the economy’s post-rescue phase, assuming the Fed's rescue works:
Everyone loves a central banker when he's flooding the economy with money, at least while the mania lasts. But Mr. Bernanke will sooner or later have to say no to the political class. This is something he has never done, and already there are signs in China and the edges of the dollar bloc of new asset bubbles. Mr. Bernanke has also tended to be a domestic central banker, ignoring the Fed's larger role as steward of the world's reserve currency.His money-withdrawal task will only be harder because of the Fed's extraordinary forays into fiscal policy and credit allocation since the crisis began. Mr. Bernanke has taken the Fed deep into picking winners and losers by industry (mortgages, student loans) and even companies (GMAC). The Bernanke Fed has also become nearly an arm of the Treasury by endorsing a spendthrift stimulus and by directly buying federal debt for the first time in a half-century.-- Tom Petruno
THE SMALL BANKS ARE GETTING WEEDED OUT AS THE NEW WORLD ORDER OFF SHORE BANKERS ONLY WANT A SELECTED AMOUNT OF BANKS.MAYBE THERE WILL BE ONLY 1 BANK FOR EACH CONTINENT ON EARTH.THE I.M.F WOULD BE THE WORLD MAJOR BANK AND THE 7 CONTINENTAL BANKS WOULD BE THE ONLY BANK FOR EACH CONTINENT.ALL HEADED BY THE EUROPEAN UNION OF COURSE.AND IF THE WORLD GETS PUT INTO 10 WORLD TRADE BLOCS BY THE EU WE WOULD HAVE I.M.F PLUS THE 7 WORLD BANKS IIN THE 10 TRADE BLOC REGIONS OF THE WORLD.
Regulators shut banks in Calif, Md, Minn By Writer Marcy Gordon, Ap Business Writer – Sat Aug 29, 9:42 am ET
WASHINGTON – Regulators have shut down banks in California, Maryland and Minnesota, pushing to 84 the number of bank failures this year amid the soured economy and rising loan defaults.The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Friday it had taken over the three banks: Affinity Bank, based in Ventura, Calif., with about $1 billion in assets and $922 million in deposits; Baltimore-based Bradford Bank, with $452 million in assets and $383 million in deposits; and Mainstreet Bank, based in Forest Lake, Minn., with assets of $459 million and deposits of $434 million.Pacific Western Bank, based in San Diego, agreed to assume the deposits and assets of Affinity Bank. In addition, the FDIC and Pacific Western agreed to share losses on about $934 million of the failed bank's loans and other assets. Affinity Bank's branches in San Francisco and San Mateo will reopen Saturday as offices of Pacific Western Bank; the remaining branches will reopen Monday, the FDIC said.Manufacturers and Traders Trust Co., based in Buffalo, N.Y., has agreed to assume the deposits and assets of Bradford Bank. The nine branches of Bradford Bank will reopen Saturday as offices of M&T.
Central Bank, based in Stillwater, Minn., is assuming the deposits and assets of Mainstreet Bank, whose eight branches will reopen Saturday as offices of Central Bank.
In addition, the FDIC agreed to share with M&T losses on about $338 million of Bradford Bank's loans and other assets, and struck a similar agreement with Central Bank for around $268 million of Mainstreet Bank's.The failure of Affinity Bank is expected to cost the deposit insurance fund an esimated $254 million; that of Bradford Bank about $97 million and that of Mainstreet Bank about $95 million.
Hundreds more banks are expected to fail in the next few years largely because of souring loans for commercial real estate. The number of banks on the FDIC's confidential problem list jumped to 416 at the end of June from 305 in the first quarter. That's the highest number since June 1994, during the savings-and-loan crisis.Last week, Guaranty Bank became the second-largest U.S. bank to fail this year after the big Texas lender was shut down and most of its operations sold at a loss of billions of dollars for the government to a major Spanish bank. The failure, the 10th-largest in U.S. history, is expected to cost the insurance fund an estimated $3 billion.The sale of most of Austin-based Guaranty's operations to the U.S. division of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA, Spain's No. 2 bank, marked the first time a foreign bank has bought a failed American bank during the current financial crisis.
The insurance fund has been so depleted by the epidemic of collapsing financial institutions that some analysts have warned it could sink into the red by the end of this year. The fund fell 20 percent to $10.4 billion at the end of June, the FDIC reported Thursday.That's its lowest point since 1992, at the height of the S&L crisis. The agency estimates bank failures will cost the fund around $70 billion through 2013.U.S. banks overall lost $3.7 billion in the second quarter, compared with a profit of $7.6 billion in January-March, according to the FDIC. Surging levels of soured loans at banks dragged down profits in the April-June period.FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair said Thursday there were no immediate plans to borrow money from the government to replenish the insurance fund by tapping the agency's $500 billion credit line with the Treasury. The FDIC may, however, impose an additional fee on U.S. banks this year to bolster the fund, atop the estimated $5.6 billion from a new emergency premium that took effect June 30.The FDIC is fully backed by the government, which means depositors' money is guaranteed up to $250,000 per account. And the agency still has billions in loss reserves — including $21.6 billion in cash —apart from the insurance fund.This week, the FDIC opened the door wider for private investors to buy failed financial institutions. The FDIC's board voted Wednesday to reduce the cash that private equity funds must maintain in banks they acquire.
Private equity funds have been criticized as excessive risk-takers. But with fewer healthy banks willing to buy ailing institutions, the banking crisis has softened the FDIC's resistance to private buyers.
Meltdown 101: Why banks' struggles have worsened By MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer –Sat Aug 29, 12:15 am ET
WASHINGTON – Despite signs of an improving economy, the nation's banks are still struggling — in fact, the pace of bank failures has accelerated.What would it take to turn the banking sector around? And what can people do to protect their savings in the meantime? Here are some questions and answers about the wave of U.S. bank failures, as the latest quarterly snapshot of the industry painted a grim picture.
Q: How bad is this wave of failures?
A: A cascade of collapses began last year as the financial crisis struck.Eighty-four banks have fallen so far this year as tumbling home prices and spiking unemployment pushed loan defaults upward. That's the largest number in a year since the early 1990s, at the apex of the savings and loan crisis. It compares with 25 bank failures last year and three in 2007.The failures have sapped billions from the federal deposit insurance fund, which guarantees account holders' money when banks go under. The fund stood at $10.4 billion in the second quarter, its lowest point since 1992.The biggest failure this year: Colonial Bank, a heavy regional lender in real estate development based in Montgomery, Ala., which became the sixth-largest bank failure in U.S. history on Aug. 14. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. seized Colonial and sold its $20 billion in deposits, 346 branches in five states and about $22 billion of its assets to BB&T Corp.Some analysts believe another 100 to 300 banks could fail before the crisis runs its course, largely because of souring loans for commercial real estate. The number of institutions on the FDIC's internal problem list — those rated by examiners as having very low capital cushions against risk and other deficiencies — jumped to 416 at the end of June from 305 in the first quarter, the agency reported Thursday.
Q: What's behind this?
A: Banks around the country have run into trouble on their loans for construction and development, the fastest-growing category of troubled loans for U.S. banks, especially in overbuilt areas. Many companies have shut down in the recession, vacating shopping malls and office buildings financed by the loans.Lots of banks have heavy concentrations of these loans in their lending portfolios, and some small banks are considered by regulators to be particularly vulnerable. Delinquent loan payments and defaults by commercial and residential developers have surged to the highest levels since the early 1990s, during the S&L crisis.At the same time, some recent failures have been smaller banks brought down by garden-variety loans that have soured during the recession. Regulators say they're concerned about growing delinquencies on prime, conventional home loans.
Q: So even though the economy is starting to recover, banks are still struggling?
A: The condition of the banking industry is what economists call a lagging indicator: It falls behind the state of the economy because the problems take longer to percolate through banks, as opposed to other signposts such as consumer spending, gross domestic product or permits for building construction.That means the pain will continue to weigh on the banking sector while the economy rebounds.FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair offered a reminder on Thursday: Banking industry performance is, as always, a lagging indicator.
Q: What will it take to turn the banking industry around?
A: Not much other than time, experts say.The only thing you could do is ... to ignore the losses that are already there,said Karen Shaw Petrou, managing partner of Federal Financial Analytics in Washington. That would be a terrible mistake, she said, noting that regulators' blind eye in the 1980s prolonged the S&L crisis. The best thing for the banking industry is just to take it on the chin and move on, she said.
Q: What about me? What can I do to protect my money in the bank?
A: Accounts are insured by the FDIC up to $250,000 per depositor per bank. Joint accounts are insured up to that amount for each co-owner of the account; individual retirement accounts, or IRAs, held in banks are also insured.If you have multiple individual accounts at one bank, it's important to structure them carefully so they don't exceed the limits. The FDIC has a calculator on its Web site called the electronic deposit insurance estimator, or EDIE, that can help determine how much money in deposit accounts, if any, exceeds the insurance limits. You can find it here: http://tinyurl.com/lt3aok.For any money in a failed bank's deposit accounts that exceeds the insured limits, you become essentially a creditor of the bank. You would eventually recover some of your money, but the amount can range from 40 cents on the dollar up to the full amount. Recovery of the money could take months.
GM wants Russians barred from Opel takeover: report AUG 29,09
BERLIN (AFP) – US auto giant General Motors wants Russian firms barred from taking over its German subsidiary Opel, but Berlin does not agree, according to the weekly Der Spiegel.In its forthcoming issue the weekly, which cites no sources, says that the US government, which now owns 60 percent of GM, wants no Russian participation in the future control of Opel.Berlin favours Canadian auto parts maker Magna, along with Russian state-owned autobuilder GAZ and lender Sberbank, to take over Opel, which includes Vauxhall in Britain and employs 50,000 people, half of them in Germany.GM's board is thought to prefer rival suitor RHJ International but has so far failed to name a buyer.Government spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm denied the report later Saturday, saying that neither General Motors nor the US government had said that a Russian presence was a reason for turning down Magna's bid.Another government source added that any fears about technology transfer to Russia resulting from the deal could be dealt with in the eventual contract.German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that she hoped for progress on the future of Opel at the latest before a board meeting of GM on September 8-9.We believe that it is good and correct that when it comes to the future of GM Europe, of Opel and GM, a decision is made as soon as possible. But substance must come before speed and if there are still issues to be resolved, then we will resolve them,Merkel said in an interview on Sat1/N24 television.
A report in the Bild daily said earlier that Berlin had dropped its opposition to GM selling Opel to RHJ, but the Brussels-based investment group would have to team up with a strategic partner in the auto industry.Both Magna and RHJ want to slash around 10,000 jobs at Opel but Merkel and the state governments where Opel has factories prefer Magna because fewer of the cuts would fall in Germany than under RHJ's proposals.Other unconfirmed reports have said that GM might decide to hang on to Opel after all.Der Spiegel said Merkel had promised Russian President Dmitry Medvedev when they met in Munich in July that she would back the Magna bid to the hilt, but it added that the German government had underestimated the Russian factor, which was not a detail for the Americans.GM is one of the largest players in the Russian automobile market and wants to stay that way,it said, referring to the proposal that under the new management Opels would be produced at the GAZ plant in Russia.In addition, even 20 years after the end of the Cold War,selling off to the Russians is still perceived by many as a humiliation.
EU signs trade pact with southeast African nations AUG 29,09
BRUSSELS – The European Union signed a temporary trade pact Saturday with Mauritius, Seychelles, Zimbabwe and Madagascar calling for tariffs on European goods to be removed over the next 15 years.The four countries in southeast Africa have had full access to the EU consumer market — the world's biggest — since the start of 2008 for most goods. Trade barriers for rice and sugar, however, are being removed gradually.
The new deal excludes trade on agricultural products such as milk, meat, vegetables, textiles, footwear and clothing.Zambia and Comoros have indicated they will sign the EU pact at a later date, the EU said.Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Malawi and Sudan, which have been negotiating a regional trade pact, may also join the EU accord. As poor developing nations they currently do not pay tariffs on exports to the EU.EU Trade Commissioner Catherine Ashton said the new interim deal would help countries of eastern and southern Africa in creating a single regional trade pact with the EU that would eventually cover trade in services, investment and protection for emerging industries in Africa.The European Union imported some euro3.2 billion ($4.6 billion) of goods from eastern and southern Africa last year, mostly textiles, clothes, sugar, fish products and copper. European exports — mostly mechanical and electrical machinery and vehicles — were worth euro4.3 billion ($6.18 billion).
Hummel: The US Will Default On Its Debt
John Carney|Aug. 27, 2009, 4:01 PM|28
The flood of debt that the US is taking on in its efforts rescue to economy will combine with huge social insurance obligations--Medicare, MedicaidSocial Security--to create an unsustainable level of public indebtedness, economist Jeffrey Rogers Hummel argues in at length here.Faced with this mountain of debt, policy makers will have just two choices: repudiate the debt or engage in hyper inflation to monetize it, Hummel writes. And faced with that choice the Treasury will likely protect the currency and default on Treasuries.
Here's the scary conclusion:
It is not literally impossible that the Federal Reserve could unleash the Zimbabwe option and repudiate the national debt indirectly through hyperinflation, rather than have the Treasury repudiate it directly. But my guess is that, faced with the alternatives of seeing both the dollar and the debt become worthless or defaulting on the debt while saving the dollar, the U.S. government will choose the latter. Treasury securities are second-order claims to central-bank-issued dollars. Although both may be ultimately backed by the power of taxation, that in no way prevents government from discriminating between the priority of the claims. After the American Revolution, the United States repudiated its paper money and yet successfully honored its debt (in gold). It is true that fiat money, as opposed to a gold standard, makes it harder to separate the fate of a government's money from that of its debt. But Russia in 1998 is just one recent example of a government choosing partial debt repudiation over a complete collapse of its fiat currency.A more likely outcome, it seems to us, is that the US will make good on Treasury debt but repudiate soft obligations like Social Security and Medicare. That way the US would continue to be able to borrow in the future. And all it would require would be a Congressional vote lowering the outlays for these programs.But maybe all this is unnecessary doomsaying. AIG is up HUGE, so we're sure everything will be just fine.
Gold Advances as Dollar Drops on Optimism Recovery Is Underway
By Kim Kyoungwha
Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Gold climbed for a fourth day after the dollar fell on reduced demand for the relative safety of the currency as crude oil and equities rallied and optimism increased that a global economic recovery is underway. Bullion gained, trimming this month’s loss to 0.4 percent, as the U.S. currency declined against the euro for a second day, heading for its first two-month drop since March 2008. Asian stocks advanced ahead of a U.S. report that may show consumer confidence rose this month. The precious metal typically moves inversely to the dollar. Gold is dominated by moves in the dollar these days, said Chris Yu, head of trading with Samsung Futures Co. in Seoul. With more data supporting an economic recovery, demand for the dollar is weakening. Still, gains in gold may not be large given that demand is so slow seasonally.Gold for immediate delivery rose 0.2 percent to $950.22 an ounce at 2:18 p.m. in Singapore. The dollar traded at $1.4359 per euro from $1.4341 in New York yesterday. Oil for October delivery rose 0.2 percent to $72.63 a barrel after advancing 1.5 percent yesterday. A Bloomberg News survey of economists showed that the Reuters/University of Michigan gauge on Aug. 28 is projected to rise. The barometer of confidence among U.S. consumers probably rose to 64.0 in August from 63.2in the previous month. The world’s largest economy last quarter contracted less than economists forecast as companies reduced inventories, spending started to climb and profits grew, a Commerce Department report said yesterday.Among other precious metals for immediate delivery, silver jumped 0.5 percent to $14.37 an ounce, platinum fell 0.2 percent to $1,240.25 an ounce and palladium rose 0.2 percent to $287.05. To contact the reporter on this story: Kyoungwha Kim in Singapore at Kkim19@bloomberg.net
Moody's says Israel has weathered global meltdown Friday, 28 August 2009 05:39 News from Jerusalem ,Stability in Israel
In its annual report on Jewish state, Moody's Investors Service says country's short-term prospects are relatively good,outlook for its investment grade A1 government bond rating is stable.Israel's economy has largely weathered the global meltdown, but its small size means robust growth will hinge on developments abroad, a leading credit ratings service said Thursday.Moody's Investors Service, in its annual report on Israel, said the country's short-term prospects are relatively good and the outlook for its investment grade A1 government bond rating is stable.Although the recession now appears to be over for Israel, Moody's believes a more robust recovery will have to come from global rather than domestic developments, given that Israel is a small, open economy,it said.Israel's central bank raised its interest rate on Monday, an indication it saw the worst effects of recession fading and inflation as a growing threat.
The Moody's report says Israel's strong credit rating was underpinned by the country's high levels of economic, institutional and financial strength, and added the recession now appears to be over for Israel.It said the upbeat outlook reflected the absence of the main sources of the global crisis: toxic bank assets or a real estate bubble.Israeli banks have traditionally been conservative lenders compared to their colleagues in the United States and Europe, shielding them from the worst of the global crunch.The Moody's report said Israel's rating would be stronger if could resolve its conflict with the Palestinians and reduce its military spending, currently running at about $10 billion annually.Renewed efforts to improve Israeli-Palestinian relations would be important validation of the country's A1 government ratings,it said.US government figures say Israel's military expenditure for 2008 was equal to 7.3 percent of its gross domestic product – one of the highest levels of military spending in the world.ynet.
Stocks mostly lower; Nasdaq buoyed by Intel news By SARA LEPRO, AP Business Writer – AUG 28,09
NEW YORK – Investors balked at extending the market's recent rally Friday despite an improved outlook from Intel Corp.Stocks closed mostly lower, as losses among health care stocks offset small gains in technology companies. The Dow Jones industrials lost about 36 points, breaking an eight-day winning streak.Trading was quiet, as it has been all week, as summer vacations kept many traders out of the market. With fewer participants, the market lost some of its recent momentum that had sent the major indexes up about 5 percent in less than two weeks.Stocks managed to carve out their sixth weekly advance in seven weeks, but the gains were minimal.Wall Street turned cautious this week as investors worried that the market's rally, now closing in on six months, may have run its course.Investors are especially nervous as they head into September, historically the stock market's worst month. Last September, which saw the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the kickoff of the worst financial crisis in decades, is still fresh in investors' minds.Tuesday begins one of the most feared months of the calendar,said Lawrence Creatura, portfolio manager at Federated Clover Investment Advisors.The first week of September 2009 will bring a key report on manufacturing activity, which has been improving, as well as the Labor Department's tally of job losses in August — the month's most telling piece of economic data. Last month, news that employers cut fewer jobs in July and the unemployment rate fell sent stocks soaring.
On Friday, the Dow fell 36.43, or 0.4 percent, to 9,544.20. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 2.05, or 0.3 percent, to 1,027.76, while Nasdaq composite index rose 1.04, or 0.1 percent, to 2,028.77.The market got an initial boost after Intel, the world's largest maker of computer chips, raised the top end of its sales forecast for the current quarter from $8.9 billion to $9.2 billion.Intel's upbeat report came after computer maker Dell Inc. posted better-than-expected results for its May-July quarter late Thursday. While sales continued to fall because of reduced spending by consumers and businesses, Dell said it has seen signs of improvement.Investors also got more data Friday on the consumer, a focal point for investors in recent weeks worried that sluggish spending will hinder the economy's recovery.The Commerce Department said consumer spending rose 0.2 percent in July, which was in line with economists' expectations. The latest report also said personal income was flat in July. Economists had expected a 0.2 percent increase.Growth in spending and consumer confidence has been hampered by rising unemployment. Investors are hoping next week's jobs report will provide more evidence that job losses are slowing.As of Friday, both the Dow and the S&P 500 are on track to have their best Augusts since 2000, each up just over 4 percent for the month. That's well above the S&P 500's 20-year average of a negative return of 0.5 percent in August.Most of the gains were made last week, after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's upbeat assessment of the economy sent investors clamoring for stocks. This week, the Dow and the Nasdaq gained just 0.4 percent, while the S&P 500 rose 0.3 percent.Bond prices edged higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 3.45 percent from 3.46 percent late Thursday.Oil rose 25 cents to settle at $72.74 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil hit $75 during the week, a high for the year. The dollar fell against other major currencies, while gold prices rose.Advancing issues narrowly outpaced decliners on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to a relatively low 5.81 billion shares, down from 5.82 billion on Thursday.The Dow Jones industrial average closed the week up 38.24, or 0.4 percent, at 9,544.20. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 2.80, or 0.3 percent, to 1,028.93. The Nasdaq composite index rose 7.87, or 0.4 percent, to 2,028.77.The Russell 2000 index, which tracks the performance of small company stocks, fell 1.65, or 0.3 percent, for the week to 581.51.The Dow Jones U.S. Total Stock Market Index — which measures nearly all U.S.-based companies — ended at 10,579.61, up 27.35, or 0.3 percent, for the week. A year ago, the index was at 13,288.52.
Automakers see Aug. sales jump; hangover to come By DAN STRUMPF and BREE FOWLER, AP Auto Writers – AUG 28,09
NEW YORK – Automakers are partying, even though they know the hangover is coming.Auto executives on Friday said new vehicle sales in August likely did something they haven't done in a long time: they increased compared with last year, thanks in large part to the government's popular Cash for Clunkers program.It was the best month of the year for the sputtering industry. But sales will probably slow in the coming months now that the program is over.Will there be a hangover? Absolutely, because we pulled some people ahead, said General Motors Co. Vice President Brent Dewar, in Novi, Mich.You're not going to see the strength that you saw, that the stimulus package brought forward in August.Cash for Clunkers, which ended on Monday, drew hordes of buyers into sleepy showrooms, providing a much-needed lift in business. It spurred 690,114 new sales at a taxpayer cost of $2.88 billion, according to the Department of Transportation.The program also helped boost sagging consumer spending, which rose 0.2 percent in July, matching economists' expectations.Overall, we thought it was a very, very successful program in jump-starting sales,Mark Fields, Ford Motor Co. president of the Americas, said of the clunkers program at a media event in New York.The program enticed drivers to trade in gas guzzlers by offering big rebates on new, more fuel-efficient cars and trucks.
Automakers are scheduled to report monthly sales on Tuesday. Many analysts are forecasting a year-over-year increase for an industry that has taken a beating during the recession. But they note that the auto industry had already taken a turn for the worse by August 2008 when they sold 13.7 million vehicles on an annualized basis.As recently as 2007, car and light truck sales topped 16 million vehicles, but a drop in consumer confidence sent sales plunging late last year.Retail sales at Ford Motor Co. in August have already surpassed last year's levels with a weekend still to go, Fields said. In July, Ford's sales rose 2.4 percent.Crosstown rival GM is also seeing an uptick. Dewar said the automaker is projecting U.S. sales of 10.5 million vehicles for 2009 and 12.5 million in 2010 as consumer confidence improves.By contrast, automakers sold 13.2 million vehicles in the calendar year 2008 , which was down 18 percent from 16.1 million in 2007.One analyst on Friday was especially bullish. Barclay's auto analyst Brian A. Johnson predicted August's annualized sales rate may reach 15.8 million.But those gains are not expected to hold through September and the remainder of 2009, he said.Now that Cash for Clunkers is over, we believe that the debate will center on the impact of a potential pull forward effect on auto sales in the next few months, Johnson wrote.Ford was one of the top gainers from the clunkers program. The Ford Focus compact car and Escape crossover were among the top sellers.
GM sold more vehicles than Ford through the program, but none of its vehicles were among a much-followed list of top-10 clunkers sales. Fields estimated about 30 to 40 percent of its clunkers sales were truly incremental,meaning that they came from consumers who had no plans previously to buy a car. The rest, he said, came from people who were going to buy a car later on.AP Auto Writer Tom Krisher in Novi, Mich., contributed to this report.
Eurabian Safari From the desk of Thomas Landen on Fri, 2009-08-28 07:54
It is hot in Brussels. Ramadan has begun. The faithful in the predominantly Muslim borough of Molenbeek are not allowed to eat or drink from sunrise until sunset. Non-Muslim policemen, patrolling the streets of Molenbeek in their sweltering cars, are not allowed to eat or drink either. As every year during Ramadan, they have been told by their superior, Philippe Moureaux, the Socialist mayor of Molenbeek, that they have to respect Muslim sensitivities and not to provoke Muslims by violating Islamic Ramadan restrictions in public. In effect, Islamic or Sharia law is already applied – for everyone – in the Muslim areas of Brussels.Barely two miles from Molenbeek lies Brussels’ European district. One of its huge glass and concrete buildings is the European Parliament where the elected representatives from the 27 members states of the European Union (EU) convene. The 736 MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) have just returned from their summer break. They are mostly unaware of life in Molenbeek. Most of them never go to that part of the city. It is probably a sensible decision, because the Muslim neighborhoods are known to be unsafe for non-Muslims. Nevertheless, it is a shame that Europe’s politicians are unaware of day-to-day life just around the corner. It means that most of the 736 MEPs, who make up the second largest democratically elected assembly in the world (after India), do not know what life really is like in an ever growing section of Europe’s urban areas. A walking tour of Molenbeek should be compulsory for every MEP.Some friends in Brussels organize one-hour trips through Molenbeek. They go in an inconspicuous car, driven by a local who knows the escape routes, and with a bodyguard. Otherwise the risk would be too great. These trips are called safaris.Similar Eurabia safaris are organized in other European cities. One of the highlights – though absolutely not the most dangerous one – of the safari in Rosengaard, the Muslim section of the Swedish city of Malmö, is a short stop, to give the visitor the opportunity to take a quick snapshot, in front of Malmö’s Jihadskörkortsteori(Jihad Driving School).
The Sharia areas of Europe are expanding rapidly across Western Europe. While currently still restricted to what the French officially call the ZUS (zones urbaines sensibles – sensitive urban areas) these areas are growing fast. Even today, eight million of the sixty million inhabitants of France already live in one of the country’s 751 ZUS.The month of Ramadan is traditionally the most dangerous time of the year in Europe’s sensitive areas. After sunset, the Ramadan ban on eating, drinking and engaging in sexual activities expires until the following sunrise. Ramadan is a period of nightly feasts for Muslims. Young Muslims are extremely touchy. These feasts easily spill over into nightly spasms of mayhem, vandalism, and violence. Europe’s Ramadan riots often go on for days or weeks, during which hundreds of cars, shops and public buildings are set on fire.In Muslim countries, such as Indonesia, the police steps up patrols during Ramadan in order to crack down on illegal nightly activities. In Europe, however, the police has been given orders to adopt an extra low profile so as not to provoke Muslim populations. In countries such as Britain, police officers have had to attend Ramadan awareness courses. They have even been ordered, for reasons of religious sensitivity, to avoid the execution of arrest warrants on Muslims during the month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Europe is a tinder box.The most widely reported Ramadan riots so far, which were even covered by the American press, took place in France in 2005. Since the 2005 riots, the French authorities have asked the media not to report about waves of violent unrest in the ZUS – a request which the media seem to have followed. During the 2005 Ramadan riots, several sociologists suggested that polygamy was one of the reasons for the large-scale rioting in Muslim communities among youths who lack a father figure. This theory seemed to have impressed France’s political leaders. Gérard Larcher, then France’s employment minister and currently the president of the French Senate, explained to the Financial Times (Nov. 15, 2005) that multiple marriages among immigrants lead to anti-social behavior, such as criminal activity. Bernard Accoyer, a leading parliamentarian of France’s governing UMP and currently the president of the French National Assembly (France’s Congress), said thatchildren from large polygamous families have problems integrating into mainstream society.
As the Financial Times warned, however, at the time, Mr Larcher’s comments could further fuel the debate and are likely to outrage Muslim and anti-racism groups. Apparently, the French government was of the same opinion; it did not follow-up the words of Messrs. Larcher and Accoyer with a clampdown on polygamy. Having multiple wives is illegal under French law, but is allowed under Islamic Sharia law. It is estimated that 30,000 French Muslims have more than one wife and that more than 250,000 people live in polygamous families.The tolerance of polygamous Sharia marriages is not restricted to France. In Norway, the Islamic Cultural Center Norway (ICCN), an immigrant organization subsidized by the Norwegian state, advises Muslims to take several wives because polygamy is advantageous and ought to be practised where conditions lend themselves to such practice.In Britain legislators adopt a liberal approach towards polygamy for Muslim men, allowing tax breaks for their second, third and fourth wives. Last February, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, a Conservative Peer of Muslim origin, warned that the growing numbers of Muslim men marrying up to four wives in Britain, is becoming a threat to community cohesion. In the Netherlands, the authorities officially register polygamous marriages by non-Dutch citizens from Morocco, Egypt, Pakistan and other Muslim countries. The Amsterdam municipal authorities admitted that they have even registered Dutch citizens (of Islamic origin) with multiple wives. Belgium, too, recognizes polygamous Islamic marriages. This month, the welfare department of the city of Antwerp announced that 45welfare recipients have two or more spouses.
Polygamous immigrants abuse the social security system by collecting state benefits for several wives. In France, residence is only granted to polygamous families if the two wives do not live at the same address, which means that these families claim double social housing, family allowances and other social benefits.The recognition of polygamous marriages of Muslim men indicates that Sharia law is already accepted in many European countries, where polygamy used to be illegal – and still is illegal for non-Muslims. They have implicitly accepted a system of legal apartheid with different legal systems for Muslims and non-Muslims. The decision to avoid arresting Muslims during Ramadan for reasons of religious sensitivity,thereby treating Muslims and non-Muslims differently, confirms this existence of a dual legal system. It is difficult to see how such a dual legal system can continue to exist on the same territory. Ultimately, one of the legal systems will have to prevail. The decision of the Molenbeek mayor that non-Muslim police officers have to respect the Ramadan prescriptions indicates what the next step will be if Europe’s authorities fail to impose the existing laws of the land on Islamic immigrants: the imposition of Sharia law on everyone, non-Muslims as well as Muslims. While Europe’s Muslims hold their Ramadan, this is something worth pondering for Europe’s non-Muslims.
CST recorded 609 antisemitism incidents in the first six months of 09
The Community Security Trust (which monitors antisemitism and provides advice and support on security to Jewish communities in the UK) has produced a new report detailing antisemitic incidents in the first half of 2009 (from January to June).Of particular note is the fact that they have recorded more incidents (609) in this six month period than in the whole of 2008 (544 incidents). The Community Security Trust (CST) have never recorded a figure in excess of 600 in any calendar year. January 2009saw 286 recorded incidents, the highest monthly total by some way in the organisation’s recording history.The short pdf report (http://www.thecst.org.uk/docs/Incidents_Report_Jan_June_09.pdf) can be found alongside other publications by clicking onhttp://www.thecst.org.uk/index.cfm?content=7&Menu=7.